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The Riverside Chaucer by Geoffrey Chaucer
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Nov 08, 09

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Read in December, 2009

Okay, so this is THE book for Chaucer studies. However...and this is a big however...it is NOT a reader-friendly edition. The way the footnotes are set up is completely asinine, in my opinion. This is a great edition for Chaucer scholars who have been reading Chaucer for decades and know the stories well and read Middle English just as easily as they read the newspaper. For people not in those categories, this is not the ideal edition. Look for an edition that gives definitional glosses out to the side of each line rather than at the bottom of the page. It will make a huge difference.
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