English Literature before Chaucer

English Literature before Chaucer

English Literature before Chaucer

English Literature before Chaucer

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In the following pages an attempt has been made to supply an adequate basis for the study of pre-Chaucerian literature.

The author has spared no effort to keep himself in touch with the results of modern research, but it would be impossible to indicate all the writers--English, American, or German--to whom he has been, from time to time, indebted.

It will, perhaps, suffice to mention, among English scholars, Professors Skeat, Gollancz, Saintsbury, Ker, and Chambers, and, from the other side of the water, Professors Bruce, Klaeber, Lawrence, Schofield, and Wells, the latter of whom has been largely followed in the difficult matter of nomenclature.

Further, a general indebtedness to the writings of Ten Brink, Brandl, Sarrazin and Sieper must be acknowledged, as well as to the Cambridge History of English Literature, and the recently published Histoire de la littérature française of Bédier and Hazard.

A bibliography of Early English literature is accessible in the Cambridge History.

LONDON, September, 1924.

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