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Pearsall, Derek

Works: 104 works in 639 publications in 4 languages and 15,527 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography  Biographies  Spurious and doubtful works  Bibliography  Sources  Church history  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Honoree, Author of introduction, Dedicatee, Performer
Classifications: PR2013, 821.1
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Most widely held works about Derek Pearsall
Most widely held works by Derek Pearsall
Piers Plowman by William Langland( Book )

69 editions published between 1967 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,749 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This edition has been prepared with a full sense of the intrinsic literary power and complexity of the work, and also of its significance as a record of social and religious conflict and crises in a turbulent age. The introduction and the extensive notes and glossary are designed to enable the student to respond to all the layers of meaning in the text and to Langland's vivid and versatile style. The C-text is chosen as the basis for the edition as being the latest revision of the poem, and therefore as bearing to some extent the author's stamp of authority. It is possible to argue, furthermore, that the C-revision presents a clearer and less cluttered argument than B, and sharpens the lineaments of the poem
The life of Geoffrey Chaucer : a critical biography by Derek Pearsall( Book )

22 editions published between 1992 and 2009 in English and held by 1,262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This important critical biography traces what is known of Geoffrey Chaucer's personal life while exploring the fascinating relationship between the man of affairs and the poet. He lived during a period which saw not only the deposition of Richard II in 1399 but also the emergence of a new English poetry and a brilliant, if short-lived, English cultural renaissance
Landscapes and seasons of the medieval world by Derek Pearsall( Book )

21 editions published between 1973 and 1992 in English and held by 783 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arthurian romance : a short introduction by Derek Pearsall( Book )

21 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 748 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The early Arthur. -- The romancing of the Arthurian story: Chrétien de Troyes. -- The European flourishing of Arthurian romance: Lancelot, Parzival, Tristan. -- Arthur, Lancelot and Gawain in Ricardian England. -- Malory's Morte d'Arthur. -- The Arthurian sleep and the romantic revival: Tennyson's Idylls of the king. -- Mark Twain, T.H. White, John Steinbeck and the modern Arthur
Gower and Lydgate by Derek Pearsall( Book )

21 editions published in 1969 in English and Italian and held by 652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The floure and the leafe and the Assembly of ladies by Geoffrey Chaucer( Book )

14 editions published between 1962 and 1980 in English and English, Middle and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Medieval literature and civilization: studies in memory of G.N. Garmonsway by Derek Pearsall( Book )

18 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in English and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These original contributions to the study of medieval literature and civilization in Britain and Scandinavia are published as a memorial to Norman Garmonsway, Chair of English at King's College, University of London, who died in 1967. The aim has been to offer to the public a book of essays which have a direct bearing upon his central academic interests and which is thus structured, in some measure, after his mind. He saw the study of the language and literature (together with the history and archaeology) of early Britain and Scandinavia as forming a single coherent discipline and this concept
The nun's priest's tale by Geoffrey Chaucer( Book )

7 editions published between 1979 and 1984 in English and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geannoteerde tekstuitgave van een fragment uit de Canterbury tales (ca. 1370)
Book production and publishing in Britain, 1375-1475( Book )

16 editions published between 1989 and 2007 in English and held by 456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

English and international : studies in the literature, art, and patronage of medieval England by Elizabeth Salter( Book )

9 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in English and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An annotated critical bibliography of Langland by Derek Pearsall( Book )

15 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chaucer to Spenser : an anthology of writings in English, 1375-1575 by Derek Pearsall( Book )

18 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Derek Pearsall's major new anthology of English writing provides substantial representation of the work of Chaucer, Langland, the Gawain-poet, Malory, Henryson, Skelton, More, Wyatt and Spenser and many other major writers of the period 1375-1575, not in isolation but in the full context of non-dramatic writing during these two centuries, so that the book can act as the student medieval 'reader' ... The anthology as a whole is organized to build, through its texts and apparatus, a solid first-hand understanding of two hundred years of English literary culture ..."--Back cover
Gothic Europe, 1200-1450 by Derek Pearsall( Book )

17 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in English and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book offers an account of all aspects of cultural activity and production during the years of 'Gothic Europe', that is, the world of Latin Christendom 1200-1450. It is both a celebration of the Gothic cultural achievement - in cathedral-buildilng, in manuscript illumination, in chivalric love-romance, in stained glass and in many other arts - and an investigation of its social origins and systems of production." "The celebration of the 'Gothic moment' takes the form of a full and colourful account of the great surviving works of art from the period, in a large central section. Preceding this there are two chapters describing the political and economic circumstances within which Gothic art came to fruition, and the systems of patronage, in church, court and city, that enabled it to flourish. The last two chapters identify some of the discord and restlessness within the prevailing harmonies of Gothic, and explore the new kinds of artistic form and identity that developed as the Gothic tapestry unwove."--BOOK JACKET
Chaucer to Spenser : a critical reader( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is a collection of previously published essays on late medieval and early modern literature, designed to act as a companion to Chaucer to Spenser: An Anthology of Writings in English 1375-1575, edited by Derek Pearsall (1999). The object of that anthology is to provide representation of a variety of kinds of prose and verse, including some not traditionally regarded as canonically "literary," and also to trespass beyond the boundaries of the conventional medieval/early modern divide." "This volume of essays will provide some of the critical backing for those decisions about the canon and about periodization, and also give evidence of the vigor of opinion and debate in the field in general."--Jacket
New directions in later medieval manuscript studies : essays from the 1998 Harvard conference by Derek Pearsall( Book )

19 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The study of manuscripts is one of the most active areas of current research in medieval studies: manuscripts are the basic primary material evidence for literary scholars, historians and art-historians alike, and there has been an explosion of interest over the past twenty years. Manuscript study has developed enormously: codices are no longer treated as inert witnesses to a culture whose character has already been determined by the modern scholar, but are active participants in a process of exploration and discovery. The articles collected here discuss the future of this process and vital questions about manuscript study for tomorrow's explorers. They deal with codicology and book production, with textual criticism, with the material structure of the medieval book, with the relation of manuscripts to literary culture, to social history and to the medieval theatre, and with the importance to manuscript study of the emerging technology of computerised digitisation and hypertext display. The essays provide an end-of-millennium perspective on the most vigorous developments in a rapidly expanding field of study. Contributors: A.I. Doyle, C. David Benson, Martha W. Driver, J.P. Gumbert, Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, Linne R. Mooney, Eckehard Simon, Alison Stones, John Thompson. DEREK PEARSALL is former Professor and Co-Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies, York, and Professor of English at Harvard University
New directions in medieval manuscript studies and reading practices : essays in honor of Derek Pearsall by Kathryn Kerby-Fulton( Book )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume gathers the contributions of senior and junior scholars-all indebted to the pathbreaking work of Derek Pearsall-to showcase new research prompted by his rich and ongoing legacy as a literary critic, editor, and seminal founder of Middle English manuscript studies. The contributors aim both to honor Pearsall's work in the field he established and to introduce the complexities of interdisciplinary manuscript studies to students already familiar with medieval literature. The contributors explore a range of issues, from the study of medieval literary manuscripts to the history of medieval books, libraries, literacy, censorship, and the social classes who used the books and manuscripts-nobles, children, schoolmasters, priests, merchants, and more. In addressing reading practices, essays provide a wealth of information on marginal commentaries, images and interpretive methods, international transmission, and early print and editorial methods. "New Directions in Medieval Manuscript Studies and Reading Practices marks the heritage of the distinguished scholar Derek Pearsall while highlighting his continuing influence on medieval manuscript studies. Buoyed by fine work of senior scholars, the collection also introduces readers to stimulating work by an upcoming generation of more recent practitioners, all of whom address crucial issues in the field: the particulars of individual manuscripts, including scribal practice, marginal commentary, and audience reception. The result is a fine collection at once canonical in some respects and innovative in others."--Paul H. Strohm, Anna S. Garbedian Professor Emeritus of the Humanities, Columbia University"--
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The life of Geoffrey Chaucer : a critical biography
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Pearsall, D.

Pearsall, D. 1931-

Pearsall, D. A.

Pearsall, D. A. 1931-

Pearsall, D. A. (Derek Albert)

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The life of Geoffrey Chaucer : a critical biographyArthurian romance : a short introductionBook production and publishing in Britain, 1375-1475English and international : studies in the literature, art, and patronage of medieval EnglandChaucer to Spenser : an anthology of writings in English, 1375-1575Gothic Europe, 1200-1450Chaucer to Spenser : a critical readerNew directions in later medieval manuscript studies : essays from the 1998 Harvard conference