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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic edition
Let's get the bad points over and done with: it's heavy. In fact, that's the only bad thing about this otherwise simply fantastic edition. And, let's face it, it's not a text you'll just want to slip into your back pocket for a wait at the doctor's surgery, is it? The texts are given illuminating introductions, which are worth reading before starting the poems themselves...
Published on 15 April 2003 by B. Tovey

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5 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Scary! Consider investing in a translation too
I found this very intimidating - it's good on the critical side, has lots of info and language help, bgut it's unweildy and remember you'll have to carry it around, I did just as well with a translated version, but worth buying to look impressive.
Published on 11 Oct. 2000


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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic edition, 15 April 2003
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B. Tovey (Oxford, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Riverside Chaucer, 3rd Ed. (Paperback)
Let's get the bad points over and done with: it's heavy. In fact, that's the only bad thing about this otherwise simply fantastic edition. And, let's face it, it's not a text you'll just want to slip into your back pocket for a wait at the doctor's surgery, is it? The texts are given illuminating introductions, which are worth reading before starting the poems themselves as they provide a great "way-in" to the texts. The notes and glossary are invaluable. Chaucer is really not difficult to read once you're used to the langauge, and even the best translations don't do him justice. If you must buy a translation, buy prose ones - avoid those such as Coghill's which attempt to reproduce rhyme and metre as they add too much extraneous matter to the original texts. This edition fully justifies Chaucer's reputation as a seminal English poet - hopefully it will introduce readers to the whole range of his works as well as the justly famous Canterbury Tales.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ideal Chaucer study text., 1 Feb. 2001
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This review is from: The Riverside Chaucer, 3rd Ed. (Paperback)
The Riverside Chaucer has become the scholar's standard, and rightly so. Chaucer's texts are supported by brief individual introductions, detailed explanatory and textual notes and a glossary - giving those new to Chaucer a wealth of useful information. The general introduction outlines and explains Chaucer's language and style. It is easy to use and the text isn't crowded by too much detail - it's there if you want it, but not forced onto the reader. Yes, it is heavy - but what else do you expect from a complete works?!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the Chaucer you'll ever need, 20 Feb. 2006
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Andrew Page (Linslade, Great Britain) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Riverside Chaucer, 3rd Ed. (Paperback)
I can't imagine a better edition of Chaucer's works being released. It contains all of the major works in the original Middle English, competently edited and presented in a well-organised, intelligent fashion, with comprehensive introductions, annotations and glossary. Chaucer is rightly considered to be the most important English poet before the Renaissance. You can practically see Anglo-Saxon developing into Modern English on the page, in Chaucer's original poems and his innovative adaptations of classical and Continental forms to the vernacular. Indeed, Chaucer has had an immesureable impact on our language and literature, which is why these works have to be read in the original language. On top of being the cornerstone of medieval English literature, these collected works are also an invaluable insight into the lives and minds of those who lived in Chaucer's time - as well as a darned good read.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One disadvantage: too many references, 6 July 2006
This review is from: The Riverside Chaucer (Hardcover)
Of course this is a wonderful edition containing all of Chaucer's works, accompanied by detailed notes and a thorough glossary. However, for those hoping that the annotations will provide you with a full social and historical context, I'd just like to mention that the Riverside Chaucer tends to "send you off" to other academic books about Chaucer or about life in medieval England. I found this very unhelpful, expecting notes to give me certain insight into Chaucer's life and thought as well as historic contexts, but most of the help comes in the form of "For Chaucer's view of women, see [insert title of book and year of publication]" sending you off to very academic books that not everyone has access to. Of course, this is brilliant if you're looking for a list of books to read for your dissertation, but if you're reading Chaucer just out of interest then you will find very few explanations of themes or social contexts. Personally, I prefer the individual Oxford Student Texts, the notes tell you everything you need to know and explain the text wonderfully; sadly though, the OST have only published some of the Canterbury Tales, and of those that have been published there is just a handful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chaucer, 11 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: The Riverside Chaucer (Hardcover)
Excellent value, and the book was exactly as described if not better, also came in a reasonable time.
My only niggle is that the book could have been better wrapped. It came in a plastic delivery bag which offered little protection and as a result the corners of the book were damaged. I would prefer to be charged more for packaging if it meant no damage. But that said I would absolutely buy from again , as I said great value.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent 'complete works' of Chaucer in one book., 31 May 2001
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This review is from: The Riverside Chaucer (Hardcover)
This includes the majority of texts written by Chuacer himself. It has clear and concise notes and footnotes throughout. It is excellent for academic usage and also can be a very useful thing for the avid Chaucer reader. It is a definite must for any Chaucer reader's bookshelf!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the riverside chaucer, 5 May 2011
This review is from: The Riverside Chaucer, 3rd Ed. (Paperback)
I am really happy with this book. It was very cheap and in good condition. It arrived pretty quick as well. No complaints at all!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely superb, 13 Feb. 2001
This review is from: The Riverside Chaucer, 3rd Ed. (Paperback)
You don't do just as well with a translation. Buy this. You'll use it for years. In terms of value for money it must be unsurpassed. Utterly incredible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 30 Sept. 2014
This review is from: The Riverside Chaucer, 3rd Ed. (Paperback)
excellent
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5 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Scary! Consider investing in a translation too, 11 Oct. 2000
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This review is from: The Riverside Chaucer, 3rd Ed. (Paperback)
I found this very intimidating - it's good on the critical side, has lots of info and language help, bgut it's unweildy and remember you'll have to carry it around, I did just as well with a translated version, but worth buying to look impressive.
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