The Lansdowne Ms of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales: Issue 7

Chaucer Society

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Chaucer Society
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Dec 31, 1884
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154
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English
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Book 1
PREFACE.

THE object of this volume is to place before the general readerour two early poetic masterpieces — The Canterbury Tales andThe Faerie Queen; to do so in a way that will render their"popular perusal" easy in a time of little leisure and unboundedtemptations to intellectual languor; and, on the same conditions,to present a liberal and fairly representative selection from theless important and familiar poems of Chaucer and Spenser.There is, it may be said at the outset, peculiar advantage andpropriety in placing the two poets side by side in the mannernow attempted for the first time.

Although two centuries dividethem, yet Spenser is the direct and really the immediatesuccessor to the poetical inheritance of Chaucer.

Those twohundred years, eventful as they were, produced no poet at allworthy to take up the mantle that fell from Chaucer's shoulders;and Spenser does not need his affected archaisms, nor hisfrequent and reverent appeals to "Dan Geffrey," to vindicate forhimself a place very close to his great predecessor in the literaryhistory of England. If Chaucer is the "Well of Englishundefiled," Spenser is the broad and stately river that yet holdsthe tenure of its very life from the fountain far away in otherand ruder scenes.

The Canterbury Tales, so far as they are in verse, have beenprinted without any abridgement or designed change in thesense.

But the two Tales in prose — Chaucer's Tale ofMeliboeus, and the Parson's long Sermon on Penitence — havebeen contracted, so as to exclude thirty pages of unattractiveprose, and to admit the same amount of interesting andcharacteristic poetry.
Book 6
The first volume of our new Series Three offers the complete works of Geoffrey Chaucer, with medieval illustrations, scholarly features, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material.

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Chaucer's life and works
* Concise introductions to the poems and other texts
* Images of how the books were first illustrated, giving your eReader a taste of the medieval texts
* Excellent formatting of the poetry
* THE CANTERBURY TALES features the original Ellesmere Manuscript illustrations of the pilgrims
* Offers two versions of the major texts THE CANTERBURY TALES and TROILUS AND CRISEDYE, each with individual contents tables and links: The Oxford University 1894 scholarly text, with original spellings and line numbers (ideal for students) AND a modernised spellings and annotated text version to help the general reader now you can truly enjoy Chaucers language!
* Special criticism section, with essays by writers such as G. K. Chesterton, Virginia Woolf and James Joyce evaluating Chaucers contribution to literature
* Features four biographies immerse yourself in Chaucer's medieval world!
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

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CONTENTS:

The Poetry
THE ROMAUNT OF THE ROSE
THE BOOK OF THE DUCHESS
THE HOUSE OF FAME
ANELIDA AND ARCITE
PARLEMENT OF FOULES
TROILUS AND CRISEYDE (ORIGINAL TEXT)
TROILUS AND CRISEYDE (MODERNISED AND ANNOTATED)
THE LEGEND OF GOOD WOMEN
THE CANTERBURY TALES (ORIGINAL TEXT)
THE CANTERBURY TALES (MODERNISED AND ANNOTATED)
MINOR POEMS

The Non-Fiction
BOECE
TREATISE ON THE ASTROLABE

The Criticism
CHAUCER AND HIS TIMES by Grace Eleanor Hadow
ON MR. GEOFFREY CHAUCER by G. K. Chesterton
ADVENTURES IN CRITICISM by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
LECTURES ON CHAUCER AND SPENSER by William Hazlitt
Extract from MY LITERARY PASSIONS by William Dean Howells
THE RENAISSANCE AND THE REFORMATION by Andrew Lang
THE PASTONS AND CHAUCER by Virginia Woolf
Extract from INTRODUCTION TO THE PAINTINGS by D. H. Lawrence
Extract from REALISM AND IDEALISM IN ENGLISH LITERATURE by James Joyce

The Biographies
CHAUCER AND HIS ENGLAND by G. G. Coulton
CHAUCER by Sir Adolphus William Ward
CHAUCERS OFFICIAL LIFE by James Root Hulbert
BRIEF LIFE OF GEOFFREY CHAUCER by D. Laing Purves

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