The publication of this volume completes the new edition of the sources and major analogues of all the Canterbury Tales prepared by members of the New Chaucer Society. This collection, the first to appear in over half a century, features such additions as a fresh interpretation of Chaucer's sources for the frame of the work, chapters on the sources of the General Prologue and Retractions, and modern English translations of all foreign language texts, with glosses for the Middle English. Chapters on the individual tales contain an updated survey of the present state of scholarship on their source materials. Several sources and analogues discovered during the past fifty years are found here together for the first time, and some other familiar sources are re-edited from manuscripts closer to Chaucer's copies.
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ROBERT M. CORREALE taught at Wright State University, Ohio; MARY HAMEL teaches at Mount St Mary College, Maryland,Review:
Represents an immense achievement. [...]The translations will prove eminently useful to students, teachers, and researchers alike. Students and professional scholars will find the now complete Sources. to be accessible, stimulating and highly informative. --English Studies
This wonderful set will be a required purchase for most academic libraries. Highly recommended. --Choice
(This) volume has updated the possibilities of Chaucerian narrative archaeology. --Speculum
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