ASU Library’s Special Collections recently acquired a treasure trove of early printed editions of Geoffrey Chaucer’s texts, including the third edition of his "Works" by William Thynne (1550). Later holdings include a rare copy of "The Kelmscott Chaucer," printed in 1896 by William Morris, and a guide to the creation of this beautiful volume with early sketches by Edward Burne-Jones. Following an overview of the Chaucer holdings, you will have the opportunity to examine them personally.

About the Chaucer Celebration

The ASU Department of English's biennial Chaucer Celebration commemorates the life and work of medieval author Geoffrey Chaucer with events such as film festivals, concerts, performances and academic discussions.

In 2018, the celebration brings the medieval writer into the 21st century, hosting poet Patience Agbabi ("Telling Tales") and YA novelist Kim Zarins ("Sometimes We Tell the Truth") in readings from their Chaucer-inspired works; an exhibition of ASU Library's new Chauceriana acquisitions; and a dramatic reading of a short play that updates "The Canterbury Tales," written and directed by Pamela Sterling, an associate professor in the ASU Herberger Institute's School of Film, Dance and Theatre.

More details at the ASU Chaucer Celebration website.

Page from Thynne edition of Chaucer / Photo by Richard Newhauser

Hayden Library, room C55

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For More Information Contact:

Richard Newhauser
Department of English
Richard.Newhauser@asu.edu
480-965-8139 https://english.clas.asu.edu/chaucer-celebration