- Unknown Binding
- Publisher: H. Frowde; [etc., etc.] (1901)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0008728L4
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
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Often referred to as the father of English poetry, Geoffrey Chaucer was a fourteenth-century philosopher, alchemist, astrologer, bureaucrat, diplomat, and author of many significant poems. Chaucer s writing was influential in English literary tradition, as it introduced new rhyming schemes and helped develop the vernacular tradition the use of everyday English rather than the literary French and Latin, which were common in written works of the time. Chaucer s best-known and most imitated works include The Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde, The Book of the Duchess, and The House of Fame. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Still, middle English is not for everyone. The differences slow one down just enough for the glory of the writing to sink in.
What volume I contains is a fine collection of linguistic tools useful in reading and analyzing Chaucer's works, including guides to pronunciation, grammar, and versification. A sizable glossary of Middle English comprises the largest part of the book. I already had a such a glossary, but am happy to keep this book, since I believe it will be very useful when I someday settle down to read more Chaucer in a serious way. (Shipping costs from Taiwan also make it silly to even consider returning a book.)
This volume was apparently printed from a photocopy of the 1894 Oxford Clarendon press edition of Skeat's work. In spite of occasional little black specks on the page, the printing quality is acceptable and the text is easily legible. Because the copyright has obviously run out on this work, you can find it online for free. But it's certainly worth it to get a nicely printed and bound edition - printing out pages one by one usually doesn't represent any savings, and is inconvenient to say the least.
So, if you want a book of solid early scholarship on Chaucer's works, and you don't want to print it out yourself from the Internet, great - buy this reprint. If you are looking for the complete works of Chaucer, this is NOT it! Try the Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, Part 2 edition instead.
PS - This is a large and heavy book. You will need to sit at a table or a comfortable couch or arm chair.
This makes a delightful gift that any serious scholar, medieval history buff, bibliophile and weekend philologist is sure to treasure for many years to come.