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Gray, Douglas 1930-

Works: 42 works in 304 publications in 3 languages and 9,124 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Dictionaries  Romances  Poetry  History  Literature  Lyric poetry  Religious poetry  Sources  Encyclopedias 
Roles: Author, Editor, Compiler, win, Honoree, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: PR1120, 820.9001
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Most widely held works about Douglas Gray
Most widely held works by Douglas Gray
The Oxford companion to Chaucer( Book )

24 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 1,520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nicknamed the Father of English Poetry, Geoffrey Chaucer has long inspired great writers, including Shakespeare. He continues to connect with contemporary audiences through his surprisingly modern depections of human behavior. Articles, such as those on emotion, memory, men, and women, explore how well he knew what made his characters tick. Distinguished scholars writing for readers from high school on up clarify Chaucer's literary devices, language, versification, cultural contexts, and other hurdles to understanding in over 2,000 entries."--"Reference that rocks," American Libraries, May 2005
The Oxford book of late medieval verse and prose by Norman Davis( Book )

27 editions published between 1985 and 1990 in 3 languages and held by 1,234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This anthology covers a period in English literature - from the death of Chaucer to the early years of Henry VIII's reign - and forms an impressive and entertaining vindication that this is no dull period of 'transition' but an age of ferment and achievement. Included are extracts representative of such familiar authors as Malory, Henryson, Skelton, and More, and the well-known types of literature - songs and lyrics, ballads and romances. Also included are texts which have never before been published or available only in very obscure editions, as well as private letters, extracts from books on alchemy and medicine and hunting and fishing, recipes - for grilled salmon and stewed partridge - and tips on how to make hair grow
Middle English literature by J. A. W Bennett( Book )

19 editions published between 1986 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 990 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Themes and images in the medieval English religious lyric by Douglas Gray( Book )

21 editions published between 1972 and 2020 in English and held by 854 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Originally published in 1972, Themes and Images in the Medieval English Religious Lyric discusses themes and images in religious lyric poetry in Medieval English poetry. The book looks at the affect that tradition and convention had on the religious poetry of the medieval period. It examines the background of the lyrics, including the Latin tradition which was inherited by medieval vernacular and shows how religious lyric poetry presents, through a rich variety of images, the significant incidents in the scheme of Christ's redemption, such as the Annunciation, the Nativity, the Passion and the Resurrection. It also considers the lyrics which were designed to assist humanity in the task of living in a Christian life, as well as those which prepared them for death
A Selection of religious lyrics by Douglas Gray( Book )

15 editions published in 1975 in English and English, Middle and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of England's most remarkable contributions to medieval literature is a large body of religious lyric verse, the product of a living native tradition of piety and devotional writing which was at the same time part of a common Western European Christian tradition. These poems sometimes use the sophisticated literary techniques of their day, but more often are anonymous, simple and unaffected. The best of them achieve an impressive dignity, moderation and clarity, and (in the words of a contemporary mystic) a 'marvellous homeliness'. This selection represents a large number of the more attractive and interesting lyrics, and illustrates not only their own excellence but also the variety and the potentialities of the traditional types to which they belong. The poems are edited from the manuscripts -- a number have not previously been published -- and are accompanied by full notes and a glossary
Later medieval English literature by Douglas Gray( Book )

7 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The remarkable and diverse literature produced in the fascinating later medieval period - one of war, transitions, and challenges - is not as widely known as it deserves to be. In this descriptive guide the pre-eminent scholar of medieval literature Douglas Gray provides the non-specialist reader with an illuminating account of the extensive literature written in English from the death of Chaucer to the early sixteenth century."--Jacket
Middle English studies : presented to Norman Davis in honour of his seventieth birthday by Douglas Gray( Book )

20 editions published between 1983 and 2002 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Medieval English literature by J. B Trapp( Book )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Medieval English Literature is the first volume of the comprehensive Oxford Anthology of English Literature to be published in a second, expanded, and fully revised edition. It provides an authoritative and representative selection from the vast riches of Anglo-Saxon and Middle English literature of the period between A.D. 700 and A.D. 1500." "The texts are presented either in full or in ample selections, helpfully and fully glossed and annotated according to the most recent scholarship. They are situated in their cultural context through general and particular introductions and through the carefully chosen illustrations, many of them new. Texts, annotations, introductions, and the bibliography have been thoroughly revised and brought up to date, and there is a full glossary of literary and historical terms."--Jacket
Simple forms : essays on medieval English popular literature by Douglas Gray( Book )

10 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simple Forms is a study of popular or folk literature in the medieval period. Focusing both on the vast body of oral literature that lies behind the written texts which have survived from the medieval period and on the popular literature provided by literate authors for audiences of hearers or readers with varying degrees of literacy, Douglas Gray leads new readers to a productively complicated understanding of the relationship between medieval popular culture and the culture of the learned. He argues that medieval society was stratified, in what seems to us a rigid way, but that culturally it was more flexible. Literary topics, themes, and forms moved; there was much borrowing, and a constant interaction. Popular tales, motifs, and ideas passed into learned or courtly works; learned forms and attitudes made their way in into popular culture. All in all this seems to have been a fruitful symbiosis. The book's twelve chapters are principally organised genre, covering epics, ballads, popular romances, folktales, the German sage, legends, animal tales and fables, proverbs, riddles, satires, songs, and drama
From Anglo-Saxon to early middle English : studies presented to E.G. Stanley( Book )

13 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in English and Italian and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From Anglo-Saxon to Early Middle English brings together eleven papers on aspects of English language and literature from the eighth to the thirteenth century, written in honour of E.G. Stanley, the recently retired Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at the University of Oxford. The papers, written by eminent scholars from Britain, North America, and Germany, reflect the range of E.G. Stanley's work, examining philology, metre, and literary style. However, the focus of the volume is on the period of rapid change from late Anglo-Saxon to early medieval England, and the contributors consider in detail the ways in which both language and literary forms developed during this time. The volume contains a comprehensive Bibliography of E.G. Stanley's publications, together with an account of his distinguished career
Robert Henryson by Douglas Gray( Book )

11 editions published in 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The long fifteenth century : essays for Douglas Gray( Book )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Long Fifteenth Century is a companion volume to Douglas Gray's ground-breaking Oxford Book of Late Medieval Verse and Prose." "The fifteen essays portray the fifteenth century as a major period of literature in its own right. The contributors to this volume - many of them leading scholars in the field - offer important rereadings of both familiar and under-studied works and genres, and demonstrate how closely the literature of the period is bound up with political and social conditions. The generic variety of the century's writings is addressed in essays ranging from the prose romance to the ballad, visions of purgatory to morality plays; and there are specific studies of writers from Hoccleve and Lydgate to Skelton, along with essays on the Chaucerian tradition and Scottish writings of the period." "Written in honour of Douglas Gray, to mark his long and distinguished tenure of the J.R.R. Tolkien Professorship of English Literature and Language at the University of Oxford, this volume also incorporates a bibliography of his published writings."--Jacket
Five hundred years of words and sounds : a Festschrift for Eric Dobson( Book )

11 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Make we merry more and less : an anthology of medieval English popular literature by Jane Bliss( )

9 editions published between 2019 and 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conceived as a companion volume to the well-received Simple Forms: Essays on Medieval English Popular Literature(2015), Make We Merry More and Less is a comprehensive anthology of popular medieval literature from the twelfth century onwards. Uniquely, the book is divided by genre, allowing readers to make connections between texts usually presented individually. This anthology offers a fruitful exploration of the boundary between literary and popular culture, and showcases an impressive breadth of literature, including songs, drama, and ballads. Familiar texts such as the visions of Margery Kempe and the Paston family letters are featured alongside lesser-known works, often oral. This striking diversity extends to the language: the anthology includes Scottish literature and original translations of Latin and French texts. The illuminating introduction offers essential information that will enhance the reader's enjoyment of the chosen texts. Each of the chapters is accompanied by a clear summary explaining the particular delights of the literature selected and the rationale behind the choices made. An invaluable resource to gain an in-depth understanding of the culture of the period, this is essential reading for any student or scholar of medieval English literature, and for anyone interested in folklore or popular material of the time
The collected papers of Nevill Coghill, Shakespearian & medievalist by Nevill Coghill( Book )

10 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Norman Conquest to the Black Death : an anthology of writings from England( Book )

5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is often supposed that there is between the 'Old English' period that produced Beowulf and the 'Middle English' period that produced Chaucer a kind of literary 'gap' in which little or nothing happened. In fact a very large quantity of fascinating work, mainly in Latin or Anglo-Norman, but also in 'Early Middle English', appeared. This anthology makes available to the modern reader a range of texts from this period, in translation or helpfully glossed form, providing something of the rich treasure trove of literature that was produced between the Norman Conquest and the Black Death. The diversity of genres included here is astonishing - chronicle, history, legends, plays, lyrics, debates, romances, and stories of all shapes and kinds. This anthology will prove to be indispensable reading for the study of Medieval English literature.--Book jacket
Middle English literature, 1100-1400 by J. A. W Bennett( Book )

16 editions published between 1986 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

English medieval religious lyrics( Book )

8 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and English, Middle and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A marriage of Mercury and philology : an inaugural lecture delivered before the University of Oxford on 21 May 1981 by Douglas Gray( Book )

13 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected poems of Robert Henryson and William Dunbar by Robert Henryson( Book )

6 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Oxford companion to Chaucer
Middle English literatureLater medieval English literatureMiddle English studies : presented to Norman Davis in honour of his seventieth birthdayMedieval English literatureFrom Anglo-Saxon to early middle English : studies presented to E.G. StanleyRobert HenrysonThe long fifteenth century : essays for Douglas GrayFrom the Norman Conquest to the Black Death : an anthology of writings from England
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Douglas Gray mediëvist