Edward Fairfax

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Edward Fairfax (1580? - 1635) was a translator, the natural son of Sir Thomas Fairfax and thus a half-brother of Ferdinando Fairfax, 2nd Lord Fairfax of Cameron.

Fairfax lived at New Hall, Fewston[1] , near Knaresborough, England in peace and prosperity. His translation of Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered, for which he is best known, is considered a masterpiece, one of the comparatively few translations which in themselves are literature. It was highly praised by Dryden and Waller. The first edition appeared in 1600, and was dedicated to Queen Elizabeth I of England. Fairfax also wrote a treatise on Demonology, in which he was a devout believer.

Edward's daughters Elizabeth and Anne were baptised in Fewston village church in 1606 and 1621 respectively.[1]

  1. ^ a b The History and Topology of Harragate and Knaresbourough Forest by William Grainge

This article incorporates public domain text from: Cousin, John William (1910). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature. London, J.M. Dent & sons; New York, E.P. Dutton.

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