Fairfax lived at New Hall, Fewston , near Harrogate, Yorkshire, 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.
- The History and Topology of Harragate and Knaresbourough Forest by William Grainge
- "Fairfax, Edward". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
- Works by Edward Fairfax at Project Gutenberg
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