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Tolkien's Lost Chaucer

Feb 18 (edited)

There's a new Tolkien book coming out later this year - Tolkien's Lost Chaucer by John M. Bowers.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardcover
List Price: £25

Release Date: 26 Sep 2019
ISBN-10: 0198842678
ISBN-13: 978-0198842675

Tolkien's Lost Chaucer uncovers the story of an unpublished and previously unknown book by the author of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien worked between 1922 and 1928 on his Clarendon edition Selections from Chaucer's Poetry and Prose, and though never completed, its 160 pages of commentary reveals much of his thinking about language and storytelling when he was still at the threshold of his career as an epoch-making writer of fantasy literature. Drawing upon other new materials such as his edition of the Reeve's Tale and his Oxford lectures on the Pardoner's Tale, this book reveals Chaucer as a major influence upon Tolkien's literary imagination.

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Feb 20
This is the Tolkien Society's announcement on this. ... ien-book-to-be-published/
Aug 14
This is the cover and it is published at the end of next month.

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Sep 15
Hat tip to Tolkieniano on Twitter, you can see some of the book on google. ... cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false
Sep 15
Thanks for sharing!
Sep 16
Oct 10
Got the hardback today, I'm very impressed both with the book itself and the illustrations are great, as they include manuscript copies and Tolkien's corrections.
Oct 11
Where have people actually bought Chaucer?

Amazon seemed to be saying "dispatched within 1 to 2 months"! BookDepository has publication "December"; and SpeedyHen is out-of-stock. Only two listed on eBay...

Oct 11
Pre-orders have been shipped, and I think demand far outstripped supply. Likely going to reprint...
Oct 11
Mine arrive Tuesday, I ordered from Amazon.
Oct 11
Just ordered from Blackwell's, since we were talking about them. I don't order any books from Amazon any more, except from secondary dealers.
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