The Canterbury Tales: The General Prologue

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Part One

This monumental edition, in two volumes, presents a full record of commentary, both textual and interpretive, on the best known and most widely studied part of Chaucer’s work, The General Prologue of The Canterbury Tales.

Part One A contains a critical commentary, a textual commentary, text, collations, textual notes, an appendix of sources for the first eighteen lines of The General Prologue, and a bibliographical index.

Because most explication of The General Prologue is directed to particular points, details, and passages, the present edition has devoted Part One B to the record of such commentary. This volume, compiled by Malcolm Andrew, also includes overviews of commentary on coherent passages such as the portraits of the pilgrims.

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An exhaustive record of textual and interpretive commentary on the most widely studied part of Chaucer's 14th-century classic Canterbury Tales. Line by line, word by word, Part A (volume one) summarizes the major commentary from 1476 to 1987. Part B (volume two) looks more at the works of commentary themselves, examining their history, authors, political and historical context, and their impact on the contemporary and subsequent understanding of Chaucer. It also includes a full analysis of textual data from ten early manuscripts and twenty printed editions, and a conservative edition of the Prologue from the Hengwrt manuscript. The two volumes are indexed separately. Clearly an important resource for serious scholars of Chaucer or his critics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806125527
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/1994
  • Series: Variorum Edition of the Works Series
  • Edition description: Part A & Part B
  • Pages: 298
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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