Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Palgrave Literary Dictionary of Chaucer

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Palgrave Literary Dictionary of Chaucer

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Malcolm Andrew, The Palgrave Literary Dictionary of Chaucer, Palgrave Literary Dictionaries (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). xvi + 313 pp. ISBN 0-333-99808-1. £65.00. The first in a new series of Palgrave Literary Dictionaries, this volume sets an admirable pattern in fulfilling the aim 'to provide the reader with immediate access to reliable information on some of the major authors of literature written in the English language". The volume contains about 720 entries, listed by headword in alphabetical order (from abbot to Zephyrus), and spans Chaucer's works, life, and times. Entries include important fictional characters within Chaucer's works, major literary influences on Chaucer, prominent writers influenced by Chaucer, people and places with special significance in Chaucer's writings, genres and literary traditions, manuscripts and editions, scholars and editors before £. …

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