The author's aim is to "restore to the reading of the poem a background of medieval meanings familiar enough to Chaucer’s contemporary reader but almost lost to the modem." Mr. Koonce believes that fame was a clearly defined Christian concept in the Middle Ages, and his interpretation of Chaucer’s allegory proceeds from that central focus.
Originally published in 1966.
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Table of Contents:
- Frontmatter, pg. i
- CONTENTS, pg. vii
- INTRODUCTION, pg. 1
- CHAPTER II. THE PROPHETIC TRADITION, pg. 46
- CHAPTER III. THE HOUSE OF FAME—HELL, pg. 89
- CHAPTER IV. THE HOUSE OF FAME - PURGATORY, pg. 137
- CHAPTER V. THE HOUSE OF FAME - PARADISE, pg. 178
- INDEX, pg. 281