Fortunes Stabilnes: Charles of Orleans's English Book of Love : A Critical Edition

Fortunes Stabilnes: Charles of Orleans's English Book of Love : A Critical Edition

Fortunes Stabilnes: Charles of Orleans's English Book of Love : A Critical Edition

Fortunes Stabilnes: Charles of Orleans's English Book of Love : A Critical Edition

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THE POEMS OF BRITISH LIBRARY, MS. Harley 682 were published first by George Watson Taylor in 1827 and again by Robert Steele and Mabel Day in the 1940s. My primary purpose in re-editing the work is to make the poetry more accessible to the reader. This edition is therefore different in a number of respects from the Early English Text Society edition, which presented the text diplomatically and provided a minimum of lexical and contextual guidance to the reader. Although the scholar who specializes in late Middle English will be able to read from a diplomatically presented text, such texts are not made for reading, but for study. Those who object to the addition of punctuation as unwarranted editorial interference may be reminded of the lack of critical interest in the poems since the publication of the Steele and Day edition, occasioned by their difficulty and by the many questions surrounding them. Users of this volume will find the introduction, explanatory notes, and glossary to be fuller than those of the EETS edition. Critical and codicological work has advanced significantly since 1945, so there is simply more to report on the literary, linguistic, and manuscript context. The glossary records all spellings in the work, and

The very inaccurate Watson Taylor edition (actually not much more than a
transcription) was published in only forty-four copies (for full references to all
sources, see Works Cited list). The Steele and Day edition was first published in
two volumes: introduction, text, and glossary by Steele in 1941; notes, various
addenda and errata by Steele and Day in 1946. In 1970 the two volumes were
combined into one with a bibliographical supplement by Cecily Clark. Marjorie
Daunt's work on rhymes was originally planned as part of the second volume, but
it appeared in 1949 as a separate article. Unfortunately, in combining the two
volumes, references to the page numbers of volume two were not adjusted. The
notes occupy the first 41 pages; thereafter for pages 42–46 read 302–6, for 47 read
307, for 48 read 308.

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