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  Riverside Chaucer, paperback edition'
The hardback edition of The Riverside Chaucer (1987) costs more than $60 (US) and weighs about eight pounds. Fortunately, there is a paperback edition that weighs less than two pounds. Unfortunately, it is available for sale only in the UK. Fortunately, it is now very easy to order foreign titles over the internet. Amazon.co.uk, for instance, sells the paperback Riverside for a little under £13. If you add on the cost of overseas shipping, this comes to less than $30 (US), depending on the exchange rate the day you order. To be sure, the paperback is not as durable as the hardback, and it's printed on cheaper paper; the type is also reduced to fit on a smaller page. On the other hand, you do get all the notes and commentary, and you won't break your back lugging the thing back and forth to class.

Online Texts
18 July 2008


University of Michigan
Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse
Includes the Canterbury Tales (ed. F. N. Robinson, 1957), Troilus and Criseyde (ed. B. A. Windeatt, 1984), and the Treatise on the Astrolabe (ed. W. W. Skeat, 1872). Permits simple searches, as well as boolean searches and proximity searches (for finding word clusters).

Electronic Text Center (Virginia)
The Canterbury Tales
Ed. F. N. Robinson (1957). Available as one long file (1.3M) or as ten (one for each fragment). This text is also available in the Palm DOC format (611K).

Harvard Chaucer Page
The Canterbury Tales
The text of each tale, with introduction, pilgrim's portrait, and links to selected articles.

Librarius
The Canterbury Tales
Online text and glossary, edited by Sinan Kökbugur. Good use of frames: click on a word in the text frame, and its definition appears in the glossary frame below.

Edwin Duncan
General Prologue
Features "glosses that pop up just above the word rather than being located at the bottom or the right-hand side of the page, as they are in print editions or in framed websites. When you encounter a difficult word or phrase in the text, you put your cursor, or pointer, on the word and the translation appears in a text box just above it. Then, when you take your pointer back off the word, it disappears." Uses JavaScript, requires a version 4 browser or better. Netscape users click here.

Medieval Sourcebook
General Prologue
Parallel text (Middle English and wooden Modern English rendering in opposite columns). Small text to accommodate small monitors.

Scott Gettman, Electronic Literature Foundation
The Canterbury Tales
"[F]eatures two full editions of the Canterbury Tales online: the original Middle English text, and a Modern English translation in rhyming couplets. The texts can be viewed enface ('facing page'), as well as in interpolated formats (mixed line by line). The text is illustrated with portraits from the Ellsmere Manuscript and the Kelmscott reprinting." The Middle English text is a corrected version of the Wiretap edition by Ted and Florence Daniel (1993; base text unknown).

Litrix Reading Room
The Canterbury Tales
English translation, in rhyming couplets (public domain text).

Michael Murphy
General Prologue and the Marriage Group
Modern-spelling edition with marginal gloss, subheadings, and brief introductions. Portable Document Format (PDF).

N. F. Blake, Peter Robinson
The Canterbury Tales Project
An attempt to transcribe and reproduce all known witnesses to the Canterbury Tales on CD-ROM. To date, the Project has released The Wife of Bath's Prologue, the General Prologue, and a digital facsimile of the Hengwrt Manuscript. Site includes an essay on new approaches to the problems associated with editing Chaucer.

Electronic Text Center (Virginia)
Troilus and Criseyde
Edited by B.A. Windeatt (New York: Longman, 1984). Available as one long file (485K) or as five (one for each book).

Michael Murphy
Troilus and Criseyde
Modern-spelling edition of Troilus and Criseyde, as well as Robert Henryson's "Testament of Cresseid." Requires free Adobe Acrobat viewer.

The Chaucer Janus
Troilus and Criseyde
Hypertext edition based on Skeat's text. Under construction as of 8 March 1999. Includes search engine, glossary, and annotations.

The Online Medieval and Classical Library
Chaucer's Early Poetry
Texts available for download or search online: Skeat's editions of "The Book of the Duchess," The House of Fame, The Legend of Good Women, "The Parliament of Fowles," and Troilus and Criseyde.

Gerard NeCastro
Dream Poems
Currently available: Chaucer's "Parliament of Fowls" (glossed edition, based on Robinson's normalized text), "The Book of the Duchess" (prose translation). Also features "The Lamentation of Mary Magdalene" ("Origenes Upon the Maudeleyne"?) and "The Assembly of Ladies" (normalized, glossed edition).

I>Murray McGillivray et al.
Chaucer's "Book of the Duchess": A Hypertext Edition
Currently includes a reading text (with links to glossary, notes, and sound files--requires a frame-capable browser for best operation); the ability to compare MS. transcriptions; and the major sources for the poem (both in their original French and Latin, and in English translation). CD-ROM includes manuscript facsimiles.

The Art Bin
Origo
"Lak of Stedfastnes," "Merciles Beaute," and the Treatise on the Astrolabe (ed. F. N. Robinson, 1957).

Dead Media Working Notes
Treatise on the Astrolabe
Selections from the Treatise, given here as an instance of technical writing, which the author observes is usually well-nigh incomprehensible to later generations.

University of Toronto
Representative Poetry On-line
"Truth," the "Parlement of Foules," and selections from Troilus and the Canterbury Tales (Hengwrt MS., ed. Paul G. Ruggiers).

Jennifer Mottram
"Against Women Inconstant"
Editor unnamed; I owe this one to Edwin Duncan.

John M. Bowers, University of Rochester
TEAMS Middle English Texts
Includes the Canterbury Interlude and the Merchant's "Tale of Beryn"; the Plowman's Tale; the Cook's Tale; spurious links. Each text accompanied by an introduction and bibliography.

Harvard Chaucer Page
Middle English Glossarial Database
Search the English texts of Chaucer and Gower for all forms of a given word, or for words within a given proximity to one another.

Larry Benson, University of Michigan
A Glossarial Database of Middle English
Benson's database without the frames interface used at the Harvard Chaucer Pages.

Please send comments to David Wilson-Okamura at david@virgil.org.