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on 11 March 2016
If you are interested in reading Chaucer's works in the original Middle English then this is the ultimate text. 'The Riverside Chaucer' contains all of Chaucer's works in the original language, with introductory essays to provide context and analysis, and in-text annotations throughout, complemented by an extensive glossary of Middle English words and phrases. The only issue which can be levelled against it is that occasionally the in-text annotations can leave an obscure passage unelucidated in favour of one which seems obvious, but this is a minor concern, and in those cases the glossary is more than sufficent to rectify it. If you are a student then look no further, as this is the edition for you, and, even if you aren't a student I would implore you to read this instead of the translations, as Chaucer only requires a little effort to understand and so much is lost in translation.

P.S. Although it is not immediately obvious, the newer version of 'The Riverside Chaucer' with the alternate cover image is in fact just a reissue of this same anthology with a new foreward, and not a new edition. So, if you want to get your hands on a cheaper copy, buying this earlier one will do you no harm,, as it is exactly the same text.
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on 27 December 2010
This is a superb edition befitting a superb writer whose literary ability is matched by his erudition and dedication to the art of writing. The sheer amount of prose and poetry here is extraordinary given the range of important official jobs GC had in his career and the fact that he wrote at a time before electric lighting and computers. Was all of this really scratched out by a quill on parchment, often by candlelight? I suppose it must have been. Other Amazon critics here have rightly drawn attention to the delights you'll find in here and all I'd like to add is the remarkable way he handled dialogue, especially in Troilus and Criseyde, where characters' assertions, evasions, interjections and contradictions are subtly shot through with what they're thinking, in the manner of a superior modern novel. Put it like this: if The Tabard was my local pub I'd be there every night and a six-week beano to Canterbury would be just the ticket to swap a few yarns with my fellow revellers and have a roistering time into the bargain. This volume is worth its weight in gold.
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on 15 May 2017
Excellent version, all reviews were positive and I can see why. I'm really pleased.
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on 12 July 2016
A brilliant translation with excellent supporting materials. The only problem for me was that it's absolutely huge – almost like holding a shoe box. It's absurd to read one tale of just a few pages while grappling with all the others in your hand. Would work better as a series published as one package. I actually cut mine into pieces and taped up the spine.
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on 21 November 2015
Arrived in good time, satisfied with purchase.
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on 12 January 2016
Great service and book arrived in good condition. No problems at all, thank-you.
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on 22 February 2015
The Riverside version is no doubt a classic.
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on 30 October 2015
Just what I needed thank you :)
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on 9 August 2014
Chaucer casts a long long shadow over English literature and there is a good reason for that. While one could expound on his poetic genius and literary expertise - quite rightly - there is a single more important facet which is much more important. Although written so many centuries ago, Chaucer's work rises a mile above the rest of his contemporaries in that his work is fresh and he wrote with a freshness which was completely beyond the wooden products of his day and even those of centuries later. The Canterbury Tales are fragmentary, but who can forget the jolly host of the Tabard leading the motley crew on their pilgrimage to Canterbury? Each character is painted with paint as vivid as when they were first depicted and as they travel, the interaction between the gathering becomes as delightful as the stories. When the Knight tells a tale of courtly love, the Miller responds with his own burlesque at the expense of the Reeve, whose fury pushes him to tell a riposte. The rivalry between the monk and the friar is expressed in their own dubious yet hilarious tales and the Pardoner cannot resist telling his own tale of morality to further his sale of fake relics - until the Host threatens to enshrine his testicles in a hog's turd! When the Host turns to Chaucer, a fat jolly man, Chaucer complains that he has no poetic talent and tries to please them with The Tale of Sir Topas, such dreadful doggerel that the Host stops him 'my eeres achen of thy drasty speeche!') and poor Chaucer has to tell his tale in prose. A delight throughout, yet in my opinion Troilus and Cresyde surpasses it for sheer beauty and remains my favourite poem; it had a major effect on his readers and sequels were written to give Cressida her come-uppance. Courtly it may be, but scenes such as Troilus' tongue-tied fear of speaking his first words to his love and his final laughter at the mortal coil stick in the mind. 'Go, little booke!' There are other treasures, such as Chaucer's attempt (successful) to wring more wages in his complaint to his Empty Purse - 'be full again or else mote I die!' To read Chaucer is to read an Alladin's cave of delights, sprinkled with humour and adorned with the most beautiful language Middle English could produce. If you haven't read him yet - what a treat is in store!!
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on 22 January 2012
This is the excellent update to the standard Oxford Chaucer by F.N.Robinson. It has been updated and revised to keep in step with modern Chaucerian scholarship, and has extensive notes, background and bibliography. There are now on-page glosses of middle English words, as well as the full glossary in the back.

It is worth knowing that the text is in small print and there is little on-page space for your own notes and annotations. But that's a small price to pay for the quality of the text and the immense amount of scholarship contained within this edition.

With relatively thin pages and a flexible spine, this feels workman-like and made to be read and studied - it's also relatively light and compact, so ideal for students and lecturers who might be required to carry it around. So altogether an admirable publication, and little surprise that it's usually the standard university edition for medievalists.
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