With over 2,000 entries from an international team of scholars,
this new Oxford Companion provides a wealth of clear, up-to-date
assessments on all aspects of Chaucer. Entries, both short and
long, from 'Aaron' to 'Zodiac', provide information
on Chaucer's life and times, his works and the characteristics
in them, his language and metre, his reading and the creative uses
he made of it, and on his major moral and literary themes.
Extensive reference is also made to the
development of critical opinion about his works over the centuries.
Complete with a chronology, a note to readers, illustrations, and
extensive cross-referencing, this is a fascinating, practical guide
to readers of Chaucer at every level.
Students and teachers alike will derive great profit and pleasure from this compact, one-volume Galfridian vade mecum ... it offers a wealth of pertinent information and critical opinion on a major European medieval poet. Naturally, all libraries should acquire a copy. Stephen Morrison, Universite de Provence ... excellent companion to Chaucer, which includes over 2000 entries written by international scholars ... this major work is helpful to Chaucer readership at all levels and can be called a complete encyclopedia of Chaucer. Essential for all academic and large public libraries. Library Journal ... will be a gold-mine not just for students of Chaucer or fourteenth century literature but of the medieval period. Contemporary Review
Douglas Gray was educated at Wellington College and Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He moved to Oxford in 1954, and spent his academic life there, first as a Fellow of Pembroke College, then from 1980 as the first J. R. R. Tolkien Professor at Lady Margaret Hall. His numerous publications include Later Medieval English Literature, The Oxford Book of Late Medieval Verse and Prose, Ihe Oxford Companion to ChaucerR, and the Peguin edition of The Selected Poems of Robert Henryson and William Dunbar.
Preface List of General Entries List of Plates List of Contributors Note to Readers Abbreviations A-Z ENTRIES Bibliographical References Chronological Table