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The Complete Poetry and Prose of Geoffrey Chaucer, 3rd Edition

  • Mark Allen The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • John H. Fisher Professor, Emeritus, University of Tennessee
  • ISBN-10: 0155060414  |  ISBN-13: 9780155060418
  • 1056 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1989
  • © 2012 | Published
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THE COMPLETE POETRY AND PROSE OF GEOFFREY CHAUCER is intended to make Chaucer's texts accessible with a minimum of scholary interference. The critical, biographical, and linguistic essays are grouped at the end so as not to impede the approach to the text. By doing so, the student is able to enjoy the richness and humor of The Canterbury Tales as well as the beauty of Troylus and Criseyde. This collection will create a deeper appreciation for Chaucer and his genius.

Features and Benefits

  • Following its predecessor, this edition is designed for student use, and intended to make all of Chaucer's works accessible in a single volume, in Middle English, and in convenient format. The text closely follows John H. Fisher's edition of 1977, and, as in Fisher's edition, the Equatorie of the Planetis is included because it may well be Chaucer's work, because it supplements his Treatise on the Astrolabe, and because it is otherwise not readily available.
  • Lighter punctuation of the text is intended to free Chaucer's brisk idiom from the trammels of the comma and semicolon.
  • A glossary of frequent terms is included at the end of the text.

Table of Contents

Canterbury Tales.
Introduction. General Prologue. The Knight's Tale. The Miller's Tale. The Reeve's Tale. The Cook's Tale.
Introduction. The Man of Law's Tale.
Introduction. The Wife of Bath's Tale. The Friar's Tale. The Summoner's Tale.
Introduction. The Clerk's Tale. The Merchant's Tale.
Introduction. The Squire's Tale. The Franklin's Tale.
Introduction. The Physician's Tale. The Pardoner's Tale.
Introduction. The Shipman's Tale. The Prioress's Tale. The Tale of Sir Thopas. The Tale of Melibee. The Monk's Tale. The Nun's Priest's Tale.
Introduction. The Second Nun's Tale. The Canon's Yeoman's Tale.
Introduction. The Manciple's Tale.
Introduction. The Parson's Tale. Chaucer's Retraction.
Troylus and Criseyde. Introduction.
Book of the Duchess. Introduction.
Parliament of Fowls. Introduction.
House of Fame. Introduction.
Legend of Good Women. Introduction.
F Prologue.
G Prologue.
The Legends.
Short Poems. Introduction. Prier a Nostre Dame (An ABC). Anelida and Arcite. Complaint of Mars (The Brooch of Thebes). Complaint of Venus. A Complaint unto Pity.
A Balade of Pity (A Complaint to His Lady). Womanly Noblesse (Balade That Chaucer Made). To Rosemounde. Proverbe of Chaucer. Fortune. Balade de Bon Conseil (Truth).
Moral Balade of Gentilesse. The Former Age. Lack of Steadfastnesse. To Adam Scriveyn. Lenvoy de Chaucer a Bukton. Lenvoy de Chaucer a Scogan. Complaint of Chaucer to His Purse.
Poems Not Attributed to Chaucer in the Manuscripts. Mercilesse Beaute. Against Women Unconstant. An Amorous Complaint Made at Windsor (Complaynt Damours).
Romaunt of the Rose. Introduction.
Boece. Introduction.
Treatise on the Astrolabe. Introduction.
Equatorie of the Planetis. Introduction.
Chaucer in His Time.
Chaucer's Language and Versification.
The Text of This Edition.
Abbreviations in This Edition.
Index of Authors.

What's New

  • For the first time, both of Chaucer's versions of the Prologue to the Legend of Good Women are included because their relative chronology is not absolutely certain and because together they provide important perspective on Chaucer's practice of revision.
  • The Canterbury Tales are a corrected and updated version of the previously released THE COMPLETE CATERBURY TALES OF GEOFFREY CHAUCER (2006).
  • The glosses, notes, introductory essays, and other apparatus are new to this edition. Because linguistic change has continued (perhaps accelerated) since 1977, the glossing throughout is extensive, gloss markers are provided, and glosses and notes are separated at the bottom of the page for ease of access.
  • On the assumption that not all readers will read Chaucer's works in the order presented here, even common words are glossed recurrently. In awareness that individual words carry different connotations in various contexts, some glosses are repeated on the same page.
  • The bibliography that concludes this volume is selective, intended to illustrate critical and scholarly trends from the latter portion of the twentieth century to the present.


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Mark Allen

Mark Allen is the bibliographer of The New Chaucer Society, and the designer and moderator of The Chaucer Bibliography Online. With Bege K. Bowers, he edited Annotated Chaucer Bibliography, 1986-1996, which received the 2002-04 MLA Prize for a Distinguished Bibliography.

John H. Fisher

John H. Fisher, the former President and Executive Director of The New Chaucer Society and of the Modern Language Association of America, is the author of The Importance of Chaucer and of The Emergence of Standard English. He is editor of The Complete Poetry and Prose of Geoffrey Chaucer and of An Anthology of Chancery English.