Pages: 552 Size: 5.5x8
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A reissue of the popular 1969 volume, this anthology covers a wide range of Middle English literature. Selections are numerous enough to allow professors great variation in the readings for individual courses. The supplementary references include comparative media, since literature forms only a part of the whole cultural context.
Ann Haskell has not altered the language into a common mold. She has, however, supplied punctuation, capitalization, and accent marks when necessary to aid in comprehension by the inexperienced reader.
Ann S. Haskell's collection is predicated on the author's delightful notion that 'the primary purpose of literature is pleasure.' thanks be, then, that her book is first of all readable, with just the right amount of explanatory notes facing the text.
– The Saturday Review
[A Middle English Anthology] includes some of the best pieces in the literature of the period. Its distinctive feature is the variety of selections . . . [which are] ample enough to give students a clear picture of the literature and language of the period.