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A new Riverside,
This review is from: The Riverside Chaucer: Reissued with a new foreword by Christopher Cannon (Paperback)
Other editions well-thumbed, tattered and falling apart, this new edition is a good investment. Although paperbacks, the gluing process is considerably better than most paperbacks; there are no stitched sections but the glue seems as thick as previous editions which have lasted, despite the hard use, being stored above hot radiators and being a heavyweight.
Re-assuringly like the substantial tome of old, it has the same brief introduction, the biographical section and a reasonable and comforting glossary at the end for those who are not entirely comfortable in Middle English. In between, there are all of Chaucer's works, the complete poems (including, of course, the incomplete "Canterbury Tales") and fragments.
For any serious student of Chaucer, this is ideal. There many other better reading experiences - hardback, fine glossy paper, copies of original illustrations, translucent tissue to protect the plates - but this is a workman like copy one feels free to use as a working tool but in the knowledge that it will eventually need to be replaced.