Sources and Analogues of the Canterbury Tales: volume I
A modern edition of the sources and major analogues of all the Canterbury Tales, prepared by members of the New Chaucer Society.
A modern 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 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. Chapters on the individual tales containsurvey 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 other familiar sources are re-edited from manuscripts closer toChaucer's copies. Volume I includes chapters on the Frame and the tales of the Reeve, Cook, Friar, Clerk, Squire, Franklin, Pardoner, Melibee, Monk, Nun's Priest, Second Nun and Parson. Chapters on the other tales, together with the General Prologue and Retractions will appear in Volume II.
"The evolution of Chaucer study has made the advent of Sources and Analogues as necessary as it is desirable... The editors have earned the gratitude of all serious students of the text, its poet and its era. An indispensable volume that gathers together the fruits of source and analogue scholarship...providing a coherent and full account of the relationship between them and Chaucer's narratives. Long in the making but well worth the wait. Its editors and contributors deserve thanks for their heroic labours... [It] will be of real and lasting benefit to the community of Chaucer scholars. [This] volume has updated the possibilities of Chaucerian narrative archaeology." SPECULUM