A Golden Age of English Poetry
Edited By Gerald Morgan
SIMON HOROBINReview 9
Simon Horobin Review Roy Vance Ramsey, A Revised Edition of the Manly-Rickert Text of the Canterbury Tales, with a foreword by Henry Ansgar Kelly (Lewiston: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2010). pp. xxviii + 691. Charles Moorman, The Statistical Determination of Af filiation in the Landmark Manuscripts of the Canterbury Tales (Lewiston: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1993). pp. xii + 209. The year 2010 marked the seventieth anniversary of the publication by Chicago University Press of the monumental eight-volume The Text of the Canterbury Tales: Studied on the Basis of All Known Manuscripts, edited by John M. Manly and Edith Rickert. To mark this anniversary, the Edwin Mellen Press have issued a second edition of Roy Vance Ramsey’s mono- graph study of the Manly and Rickert edition, with a biographical account of the project and its publication, and an attempt to explain, defend and extend its conclusions. In his preface to the first edition of this monograph, Ramsey began by conceding that ‘the presentation of a full-length monograph about a scholarly work now more than fifty years old requires an explanation and a defense’. The reissue of this work sixteen years later requires even more in the way of justification and explanation. This is particularly urgent, given that the only changes introduced in this revised edition concern the corrections of original errors, the provision of running heads and the addition of a picture of Chaucer on the front cover (p. viii). As a result, no reference is made to any scholarship...
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