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The Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer in the Nineteenth Century: Social Influences on Editorial Practices

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Simone Celine Marshall

University of Otago, NZ
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This article is a textual analysis that compares features of the 1807 edition of The Book of the Duchess with its predecessors. The Book of the Duchess features, has been chosen for this analysis because, in a practical sense, it is limited enough to be manageable, but more importantly, it is a significant poem in Chaucer’s oeuvre and its authority has never been questioned. Thus, it has appeared in every printed edition of the works of Chaucer, providing this study with extensive points for comparison. The editor of the 1807 edition claims that his work is newly edited—a claim that many editors of Chaucer’s works made, without much effort to see through. In reality, the editor appears to have taken Thomas Tywhitt’s second edition of the Canterbury Tales, and used this as the basis for editing the non-Canterbury Tales texts. It is something of an homage to Tyrwhitt’s editing.
How to Cite: Marshall, S.C., 2020. The Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer in the Nineteenth Century: Social Influences on Editorial Practices. Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780–1840, (23), pp.218–236.
Published on 30 Aug 2020.
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