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Baragona, Alan.   Baragona's Literary Resources.
Provides links to online samples of Chaucer's works, "read by professors" and intended to "help students improve their pronunciation of Chaucer's Middle English." Includes passages from CT, TC, and other works. Formerly hosted at Virginia Military…

British Library.   London: British Library, n.d.
Four connected webpages that introduce Chaucer's language by focusing on the pronunciation and vocabulary of the GP descriptions of the Cook and Shipman, with an audio link, an image from Caxton's first edition, and exercises in vocabulary…

British Library.   London: British Library, n.d.
Digital reproduction of William Caxton's two editions of CT that enables onscreen comparison of them, with links to background information on Caxton and print history.

Delahoyde, Michael.   [Pullman]: Washington State University, n.d.
Pedagogical website that focuses on CT but includes internal links to descriptions of Chaucer's other works and to background information. Individual webpages provide descriptions of the Tales that comment on themes and critical issues, accompanied…

Coghill, Nevill.   D. S. Brewer, ed. Chaucer and Chaucerians: Critical Studies in Middle English Literature (University: University of Alabama Press; London: Nelson, 1966), pp. 114-39.
Describes Chaucer's rhetoric and style in CT, exploring his orchestration of narrative economy, climax, pace (especially in relation to rhyme and meter), and verisimilitude, Identifies "flaws" in SumT and PhyT, and admires the symbolic…

Coghill, Nevill.   London and New York: Published for the British Council and the National Book League by Longmans, Green, 1956.
Influential biographical discussion of Chaucer as the "first poet" of England "in the high culture of Europe," and the "most courteous to those who read or listen to him." Considers Chaucer's individual works in light of his life, medieval literary…

Cooney, Barbara.   New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1958. Rpt. New York: HarperCollins, 1986. Reissued with new cover illustration New York: HarperTrophy, 1989.
NPT, adapted and illustrated for juvenile audience.

Hodgson, Phyllis, ed.   [London]: University of London. Athlone Press, 1973.
Textbook edition of FranPT and the GP description of the Franklin, with text in Middle English, notes and glossary, and discussion of the Franklin's character, possible sources of FranT, and Chaucer's "inventiveness." Includes several appendixes:…

Brewer, D. S., ed.   London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1960.
An edition of PF with scholarly notes and glossary. The introduction considers matters of date, genre, theme, sources, social context, rhetoric, meter, and textual matters. Re-issued in 1972 by Manchester University Press and by Barnes & Noble.

Boothman, Janet.   Thoth 04 (1963): 3-14.
In these parallel tales, the two husbands represent two forms of the 'senex amans' and of offense to societal order and chastity.

Piehler, Paul, and Kerrigan Prescott.   Hudson, Québec: Golden Clarion Literary Services, 1963 and 1980.
Item not seen; the WorldCat records indicate that this is a reading by Piehler of HF in Middle English, with Kerrigan Prescott in Books 1 and 2 (1963); Piehler reads Book 3 alone (1980).

Clemen, Wolfgang.   London: Methuen, 1963.
Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1963.
Examines how Chaucer's early poems (i.e., those written before 1380) engage the conventional forms, techniques, and themes of French and Italian models, enriching them via "humour and realism" and applying them to "new uses." His innovative…

Biggins, Dennis.   Medium Aevum 33 (1964): 200-03.
Offers evidence from medieval naturalists and bestiaries to clarify that the she-ape simile in ParsT 10.424 means that the "proud dandy . . . is ridiculously like a wretched ape sticking up its bare bottom when the moon is full."

Bloomfield, Morton W.   Thought: A Review of Culture and Ideas 39 (1964): 335-58.
Explores the narrative devices used by modern and premodern writers of fiction to establish "an air of truth or plausibility"—first-person point of view, intimate tone, details drawn from the real world, and various "tricks" used to compel readers…

Brown, Joella Owens.   Criticism 6 (1964): 44-52.
Maintains that the characterizations of the Monk in GP and in MkPT are consistent, and attributes their differing tones to the Monk's decision to "change his image" in the eyes of his fellow pilgrims while requiting the Host's derision with the…

Cadbury, William.   Philological Quarterly 43 (1964): 538-48.
Investigates the "active tension" between the characterization of the Manciple and the nature of ManT, analyzing differences between the Tale and its sources and analogues (especially characterizations and moralizations) to show how Chaucer…

Clogan, Paul M.   Studies in Philology 61 (1964): 599-615.
Describes the commentaries and glosses that are included in medieval manuscripts of Statius's "Thebaid," and shows that Chaucer was influenced by such glosses in details and passages of HF, Anel, TC, and KnT. The influence of Statius and the glosses…

Clogan, Paul M.   Philological Quarterly 43 (1964): 272-74.
Suggests that the explanation of Cybele as the "flower of spring" in the "Liber Imaginum Deorum" of Albricius I (also known as Mythographer III, perhaps Alexander Neckham) may be the source of Chaucer's reference to Cybele in his praise of Alceste…

Gaylord, Alan T.   Studies in Philology 61 (1964): 19-34.
Analyzes the lexical and thematic nuances of "gentilesse" in TC, exploring how subtle changes in meaning and usage help to characterize Troilus and the other main characters. tracing the "evaporation of the ideal of 'gentilesse'" as "moral vertu,"…

Grennen, Joseph E.   Journal of the History of Ideas 25 (1964): 279-84.
Identifies details of the characterization of the Canon and his Yeoman in CYP that derive from alchemical practice and materials, including the Canon's "distillation" (perspiration) and "mercurial" personality and his Yeoman's transformation and…

Grennen, Joseph E.   Modern Language Quarterly 25 (1964): 131-39.
Identifies parallels between the effects of grief on the Black Knight in BD (486-512) and late-medieval medical descriptions of the "falling of the heart" due to sorrow or distress, quoting parallels from John of Gaddesden and Jacopo Berengario Da…

Herz, Judith Scherer.   Criticism 6.3 (1964): 212-24.
Explores the relationship between reality and romance in KnT, comparing the Tale's presentation of details and ideals with those found in Froissart's "Chronicle," and arguing that the Knight operates with the "assumptions of chronicle history" and…

Hieatt, A, Kent, and Constance Hieatt, eds.   New York: Bantam, 1964.
Middle English text with Modern English translation, line-by-line, of GP, KnT, MilPT, WBT, MerPT, FranT, PardPT, PrPT, and NPT, with a brief glossary of names and terms and a bibliography appended. The Introduction describes Chaucer's life and the…

Joselyn, M., O. S. B.   College English 25 (1964): 566-71.
Uses principles of Kenneth Burke's rhetoric of form to analyze NPT, commenting on aspects of its progressions (syllogistic, inverted, and repetitive), aspects of its genre conventions, and examples of its rhetorical ornamentation.

LaHood, Marvin J.   Philological Quarterly 43 (1964): 274-76.
Identifies changes that Chaucer's made to his source, Ovid's "Fasti," when shaping his version of the story of Lucrece in LGW, changes that "Christianized" the account.
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