Brooke, Fulke Greville, 1st Baron (fŏlk grĕvˈĭl) [key], 1554–1628, English author and statesman. A favorite of Queen Elizabeth I, he held many official positions during his lifetime. His Life of Sir Philip Sidney (1652) was more a historical and personal commentary than a biography. The bulk of his work (published posthumously) reflects his concern with the degeneration of the monarchy, foreshadowed by the death of Elizabeth. Many young poets of the time were indebted to him for his patronage.
See his Poems and Dramas ed. by G. Bullough (1939) and selected writings ed. by J. Rees (1973); biographies by J. Rees (1971) and R. A. Rebholz (1971).
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