CANON, APOCRYPHA, AND LOST WORKS                       

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36. BONNER, FRANCIS W. "The Genesis of the Chaucer Apocrypha." Studies in Philology 48 (1951):461-81.

Blames historically inaccurate attributions of works to Chaucer upon misinterpretation of the lists left by him and his contemporaries--Gower, Lydgate, and Shirley. Chaucer's reputation as a love poet and fifteenth-century methods of manuscript compilation also contributed to such apocryphal attributions.

37. LEWIS, ROBERT ENZER. "What Did Chaucer Mean by Of the Wretched Engendrynge of Mankynde?" Chaucer Review 2 (1968):139-58.

Assesses Chaucer's reference to his now-lost Of the Wretched Engendrynge of Mankynde in the Legend of Good Women, comparing the title with various titles ascribed to Pope Innocent III's De miseria humane conditionis and suggesting that the lost work was a prose translation of Innocent's work.

38. MOORE, ARTHUR K. "Chaucer's Lost Songs." JEGP: Journal of English and Germanic Philology 48 (1949):198-208.

Considers Chaucer's use of the word "song" as applied to poetry, assessing his short poems and the lyrics embedded in longer works, and studying the contemporary habits of Machaut and Deschamps to conclude that Chaucer's lost verse, however "recitative," was probably not musical.

39. RUUD, JAY. "Against Women Unconstant: The Case for Chaucer's Authorship." Modern Philology 80 (1982):161- 64.

Traces the image of the mirror of the mind in Against Women Unconstant to Chaucer's gloss in his Boece, rendering Chaucer's possible authorship of the lyric less "doubtful" than has been claimed.

40. SKEAT, WALTER W. The Chaucer Canon: With a Discussion of the Works Associated with the Name of Geoffrey Chaucer. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1900, 178 pp.

Establishes Chaucer's canon by applying various tests of grammar and rhyme, accepting only those works which reflect habits similar to those of Canterbury Tales. Uses Squire's Tale as basis for comparison and examines all works attributed to Chaucer in early editions. Identifies three distinct parts of Romaunt of the Rose, accepting Fragment A as Chaucerian, but rejecting B and C. Modern scholarship accepts as standard the canon established here with minor variations: expunging Fragment A of Romaunt of the Rose, adding Equatorie of the Planets, and leaving several lyrics doubtful.

41. WIMSATT, JAMES I. Chaucer and the Poems of "Ch" in University of Pennsylvania MS French 15. Chaucer Studies, no. 9. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer; Totowa, N.J.: Rowman & Littlefield, 1982, 136 pp.

Edits a portion of Pennsylvania MS. French 15, containing the fifteen French love poems signed "Ch." Suggests that, if not by Chaucer, the poems clarify the "poetic mode" of Chaucer's early career. Analyzes the contents of the complete manuscript and suggests that Oton de Granson anthologized the collection.

See also entries 12, 23, 26, 45, 203, 913.

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