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The Riverside Chaucer [Paperback]

Geoffrey Chaucer

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; New edition edition (2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199552096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199552092
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #282,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THE CANTERBURY TALES contains a wide variety of subjects and literary genres, from racy fabliaux to sober tales of Christian suffering, in accents that range from the elegant opening sentence of the General Prologue to the thumping doggerel of Sir Thopas and the solemn prose of the Parson. Read the first page
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent copy but worth getting the hard back. Sept. 16 2011
By Katherine Conley - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for a class that required the Riverside Chaucer, and I took a gamble hoping that the pages would be relatively the same. Turns out they are. All of the notes, introductory material, index are there. The pages are the same as the larger, hard cover copy. The only problem I have with this edition is that the binding does not look very long-lasting, and the ink on the pages smudges. Seems cheaply put together. I like to own good books, and the Riverside Chaucer is definitely worth having as a student of literature. I wish I had spent a little more money and purchased the hard cover edition which is so much better made (I've compared this one with the hard cover copies my fellow students have). You get what you pay for with this copy. If you want to keep an edition of Chaucer for a long time, get the hard cover edition and your money will be well spent.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essentially the Same July 11 2012
By Gerard P NeCastro - Published on Amazon.com
This edition is the same edition that was published in 1985. It is, of course, the authoritative edition of Chaucer, an essential for any serious Chaucer scholar. As the glosses are insufficient for non-experts, beginning students would do much better with readerly editions such as Cowley's edition of The Canterbury Tales or Kolve's selected volume of The Canterbury Tales and/or Lynch's Dream Visions volume. It is unfortunate that, with the exception of a new foreword, this volume is no different than the 1985 edition: though certain elements are as solid as they will ever need to be, other elements, such as the bibliographic introductions to the individual works are now well outdated. I agree with the earlier review here that the hardcover is well worth the investment: I have worked my 1985 volume hard for the past twenty-seven years, and it is in better condition than my 2008 paperback copy of the Riverside.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than the Hardcover Sept. 15 2012
By Pan - Published on Amazon.com
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The paperback immediately appealed to me because of its size and weight; the hardcover is just way too much and heavy to lug around all day on campus. The pagination was the same, and it's essentially the same thing. The pages are a bit thin, so be careful when turning. Also the print is in very small text, so those with bad eyes should consider buying the bigger hardcover version, but if you can read small print this is the version you want.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Complete June 8 2013
By J. Bosche - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this for a graduate level waste studies class. It is a great Chaucer resource and has some fantastic extras. Bottom line: perfect for both students and literature enthusiasts alike.

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