The Personality of Chaucer by the late Edward Wagenknecht, a prominent professor and literary critic who taught at Boston and Harvard University, among others, is his academic literary analysis cum quasi-biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.
This was originally published in 1968 by University of Oklahoma Press.
This is a reasonably accessibly-written academic study of the seminal 14th century Middle English author Geoffrey Chaucer, who wrote The Canterbury Tales alongside many other early literary classics, striving to recreate a picture of the man behind the words via examining the references and themes in his work. The author seems careful to note just how much of his derived conclusions are basically glorified conjecture extrapolated from the few known facts (apparently comparatively little information actually survives about Chaucer other than his work), and includes extensive annotations.
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Delve into the genius of the first great English writer.
This book is part of a trilogy devoted to the greatest of the older English poets: Milton, Shakespeare, and here, Chaucer.
What we know about Chaucer’s personal life is still relatively vague.
Wagenknecht assumes the difficult, but always fascinating, task of re-creating a figure dead for many centuries and revealed only by his literary works.
Creating a vivid portrait of Chaucer’s character and personality, Wagenknecht discusses Chaucer’s views, temperament, attitudes, and faith.