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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $17.00
  • December 2006
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92588-3
  • 416 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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Geoffrey Chaucer (Author), Kathryn L. Lynch (Editor, Wellesley College)


This Norton Critical Edition presents Chaucer’s four dream visions and selected shorter poems and is suitable for both beginning and advanced students.

The texts are extensively glossed and are accompanied by individual introductions and explanatory annotations. A lightly regularized system of spellings has been adopted. No prior knowledge of Chaucer is assumed.

“Contexts” connects the poems to their classical and medieval foundations and includes works by Virgil, Ovid, Cicero, Boethius, Dante, and Boccaccio, among others.

From the wealth of scholarly work available, the editor has chosen for “Criticism” six essays that address the poems’ central themes. Contributors include Charles Muscatine, A. C. Spearing, R. T. Lenaghan, Richard Firth Green, Elaine Tuttle Hansen, and Steven Kruger.

A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.



    A Quick Course on Chaucer’s Language

    The Texts of Dream Visions and Other Poems

    1. The Book of the Duchess
      1. Introduction
      2. The Book of the Duchess
    2. The House of Fame
      1. Introduction
      2. The House of Fame
    3. The Parliament of Fowls
      1. Introduction
      2. The Parliament of Fowls
    4. The Legend of Good Women
      1. Introduction
      2. The Prologue to The Legend of Good Women
      3. The Legendary: Cleopatra, Thisbe, Did, Hypsipyle and Medea
      4. The Legendary: Lucrece, Ariadne, Philomela, Phyllis, Hypermnestra
    5. “Anelida and Arcite”
      1. Introduction
      2. “Anelida and Arcite”
    6. Short Poems
      1. Introduction
      2. “An A.B.C.”
      3. “Chaucer’s Words to Adam, His Own Scribe”
      4. “Merciless Beauty”
      5. “To Rosemounde”
      6. “Truth”
      7. “Gentilesse”
      8. “Lack of Steadfastness”
      9. “Envoy to Scogan”
      10. “Envoy to Bukton”
      11. “The Complaint of Chaucer to His Purse”


    1. Ruth Evans – From Chaucer in Cyberspace: Medieval Technologies of Memory and The House of Fame
    2. Publius Virgilius Maro (“Virgil”) – From The Aeneid
    3. Publius Ovidius Naso (“Ovid”) – From the Heroides and the Metamorphoses
    4. Marcus Tullius Cicero
      1. From Scipio’s Dream
      2. From Commentary on Scipio’s Dream
    5. Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius – From The Consolation of Philosophy
    6. Alain de Lille – From The Complaint of Nature
    7. Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun – From The Romance of the Rose
    8. Dante Alighieri – From The Divine Comedy
    9. Guillaume de Machaut – From The Fountain of Love
    10. Giovanni Boccaccio – From The Book of Theseus


    1. Charles Muscatine – From Chaucer’s Early Poems
    2. A.C. Spearing – The Parliament of Fowls
    3. R. T. Lenaghan From Chaucer’s Circle of Gentlemen and Clerks
    4. Richard Firth Green – Chaucer’s Victimized Women
    5. Elaine Tuttle Hansen – The Feminization of Men in Chaucer’s Legend of Good Women
    6. Steve Kruger – From Medical and Moral Authority in the Late Medieval Dream

    Geoffrey Chaucer: A Chronology

    Selected Bibliography