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Editing Piers Plowman : the evolution of the text

Author: Charlotte Brewer
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Series: Cambridge studies in medieval literature, 28.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The fifty-plus extant manuscripts of Piers Plowman have always posed a puzzle to editors and readers. This book is an account of the editions of the poem which have appeared since 1550, when it was first published by the Protestant reformer Robert Crowley. It examines the circumstances in which the editions were produced, the lives and intellectual motivations of the editors, and the relationship between one edition  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Manuscripts
Named Person: William Langland; William Langland; William Langland; William (1332?-1400?) Langland; William Langland
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charlotte Brewer
ISBN: 0521342503 9780521342506
OCLC Number: 33972222
Description: xv, 459 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I. The Early Phase: 1. Crowley; 2. Percy, Warton, Tyrwhitt, Ritson; 3. Whitaker and Price; 4. Wright; Part II. The Late Nineteenth Century: 5. The early English text society and its editorial context; 6. Skeat: Introduction; 7. Skeat's A-Text; 8. Skeat's B-Text; 9. Skeat's C-Text; Part III. The Skeat Aftermath: 10. Manly versus Chambers and Grattan; 11. Excursus: Westcott and Hort; Part IV. Chambers Grattan, Knott and Fowler: 12. Chambers 1909-10; 13. Chambers versus Knott; 14. Chambers' graduate students; 15. Chambers 1931; 16. Chambers 1935-42; 17. The Chambers and Grattan collations; 18. Grattan and Kane; 19. Knott and Fowler, Donaldson, Mitchell and Russell; Part V. The Athlone Press Edition: 20. The Athlone A-Text; 21. The Athlone B-Text; Part VI. Epilogue: The Athlone Aftermath: Schmidt, Pearsall, Rigg-Brewer, et al.; Indexes.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in medieval literature, 28.
Responsibility: Charlotte Brewer.
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