The Preamble and Tale of the Wife of Bath.

Author / Editor
Beck, Richard K., ed.

The Preamble and Tale of the Wife of Bath.

Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, 1964.

Physical Description
202 pp.; 2 b&w illus.

Edits the GP portrait of the Wife of Bath, WBP (with excisions and interspersed summaries), WBT, and a portion of FrP, with bottom-of-page textual notes, and end-of-text explanatory notes and glossary. The Introduction addresses the base-text Ellesmere manuscript (El), linguistic and metrical issues, order and placement of the WB materials in the CT, characterization and tale-teller relations, major themes, and sources, with sections on Chaucer's Life and Times, his works, and a brief bibliography. Includes facsimiles of the WB portrait from El, with commentary, and a portion of f. 75 (WBP 575-99).

Chaucer Subjects
Wife of Bath and Her Tale
Facsimiles, Editions, and Translations
Friar and His Tale