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Dream Visions and Other Poems (Norton Critical Editions) [Paperback]

Geoffrey Chaucer , Kathyrn L. Lynch

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2 Feb 2007 0393925889 978-0393925883
Suitable for both beginning and advanced students, Geoffrey Chaucer's four dream visions and selected shorter poems are extensively glossed and accompanied by individual introductions and explanatory annotations. The contexts section roots the poems in their classical and medieval foundations. The editor has judiciously chosen six critical essays that address the poems' central themes. A chronology and selected bibliography are included.

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Geoffrey Chaucer was born in London, the son of a wine-merchant, in about 1342, and as he spent his life in royal government service his career happens to be unusually well documented. By 1357 Chaucer was a page to the wife of Prince Lionel, second son of Edward III, and it was while in the prince's service that Chaucer was ransomed when captured during the English campaign in France in 1359-60. Chaucer's wife Philippa, whom he married c. 1365, was the sister of Katherine Swynford, the mistress (c. 1370) and third wife (1396) of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, whose first wife Blanche (d. 1368) is commemorated in Chaucer's earliest major poem, The Book of the Duchess.

From 1374 Chaucer worked as controller of customs on wool in the port of London, but between 1366 and 1378 he made a number of trips abroad on official business, including two trips to Italy in 1372-3 and 1378. The influence of Chaucer's encounter with Italian literature is felt in the poems he wrote in the late 1370's and early 1380s - The House of Fame, The Parliament of Fowls and a version of The Knight's Tale - and finds its fullest expression in Troilus and Criseyde.

In 1386 Chaucer was member of parliament for Kent, but in the same year he resigned his customs post, although in 1389 he was appointed Clerk of the King's Works (resigning in 1391). After finishing Troilus and his translation into English prose of Boethius' De consolatione philosophiae, Chaucer started his Legend of Good Women. In the 1390s he worked on his most ambitious project, The Canterbury Tales, which remained unfinished at his death. In 1399 Chaucer leased a house in the precincts of Westminster Abbey but died in 1400 and was buried in the Abbey.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb edition--new standard ed. for Chaucer's dream visions 25 May 2007
By The Professor, Ann Marian - Published on
Besides the excellent, scrupulously edited texts and Lynch's thorough notes and rich-though-brief introductions, this new edition contains a concise and incredibly useful guide to Chaucer's pronunciation that is alone worth the price of the book. The best edition for the undergraduate or professional scholar.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful resource! To anyone studying medieval literature or Chaucer 3 Aug 2014
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Wonderful resource! To anyone studying medieval literature or Chaucer, it is a must have. (if you are a student studying Chucer's other work it is still a good idea to read this--especially f you are working on a Master's or Doctoral thesis or dissertation!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 23 Feb 2014
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This was in perfect condition and showed up when it was supposed to be. The footnotes and translation are very helpful when reading tricky passages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good English 30 Mar 2013
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It's good reading material for an English major or if you don't mind looking extensively into poems which are secretly stories..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always a pleasure 30 Jan 2012
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I love shopping with Amazon. This was among my required texts for school. It was priced well and arrived about two days before the estimated arrival date. The text is challenging but the supplemental essays and annotations are clear and gives great insight to understanding the work of Chaucer.
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