Critical Companion to Chaucer: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work (Critical Companion (Hardcover))

Rossignol, Rosalyn

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"...a highly useful and long overdue work. Academic and public libraries would serve their patrons well by having this resource..." Booklist

"...provides a solidly researched summary of current information on Chaucer, his life, his works and the era in which he lived...Rossignol packs a generous amount of information into the text...the text is written clearly and will be useful to readers unfamiliar with Chaucer's work...recommended for public and academic libraries." Library Journal

Geoffrey Chaucer has delighted readers through the ages with stories replete with humanity, grace, and strength. His tales bring to life the England of his own day, with all its color and vibrancy. Critical Companion to Chaucer is the place to turn for a complete understanding of the work and life of this literary pioneer.

This book contains all the text of the acclaimed Chaucer A to Z, reorganized into a student-friendly format. Material new to this edition includes an expanded biography of Chaucer, expanded critical assessments of his major works, further reading lists, and more than 40 new illustrations. This indispensable guide will lead every student and veteran scholar on a highly rewarding "pilgrimage" through The Canterbury Tales and Chaucer's other great works.

Coverage includes:

  • Detailed synopses of and critical commentary on all Chaucer's works, including each of the tales in The Canterbury Tales
  • Descriptions of characters in each work
  • Details of Chaucer's language, Middle English
  • Information about historical figures of the time, such as John of Gaunt
  • Details of important events, such as the Black Death
  • Biblical and mythological references in Chaucer's work.

From Booklist: Rossignol's Critical Companion to Chaucer is a revised and expanded edition of her Chaucer A to Z (1999), but its contents have been reconfigured to conform to other volumes in the Critical Companion series. Rather than the previous straightforward alphabetical arrangement, the work is now divided into four sections. Part 1 consists of a nine-page biography of Chaucer, while part 2 provides individual entries on Chaucer's works. In most cases, the entry on each work includes a synopsis, critical commentary, subentries for characters within the work, and a narrative bibliography of sources for further reading. (In the previous edition, the latter feature was provided only for The Canterbury Tales.) People, places, and topics are the focus of part 3, which includes real people and places as well as mythological and biblical figures and places alluded to in Chaucer's works. In addition to significant Chaucer contemporaries, prominent Chaucer scholars also appear in this section. Among the useful topical entries are Chaucer's language, Diet in the Middle Ages, and Editions of Chaucer's work. The appendixes in part 4 provide chronologies of Chaucer's life and works, a map of the route to Canterbury, and a selective bibliography of print and Internet resources. Although most of the changes to this work enhance its usefulness, it is not as easy to navigate as the original edition. Unfortunately, the detailed index is not always reliable, which is particularly problematic now that the entries for characters' names appear within the articles on individual works rather than in a strictly alphabetical sequence. Moreover, some entries provide inconsistent information. For example, the entry Blanche of Lancaster indicates that she died of unknown causes in 1368, whereas the entry for her husband, John of Gaunt, states that Blanche "died of the plague around 1369." The Critical Companion to Chaucer is far superior to All Things Chaucer (Greenwood, 2007) in identifying allusions and characters in Chaucer's writings, and academic and larger public libraries will benefit from its expanded bibliographic references, additional critical commentary, and corrected and updated material. However, high-school and smaller public libraries on tight budgets that already have Chaucer A to Z should not find it necessary to purchased this revised version. Ellis, Marie
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