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The real way to read Chaucer
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.