Re: [mythsoc] A Middle English Reader and Vocabulary
- Interesting that they should do this. It was a standard textbook for
decades, and is thus not a hard book to find used, but by the same token
it's likely to be riddled with notations left by previous owners. A new
printing wouldn't have that, of course. I wonder what printing Dover used.
According to my copy, which dates from 1948, the text of the Reader was
corrected with the 1937 printing.
Warning: it _is_ in Middle English, so it's not exactly light reading for
the average curiosity-seeker.
Background: _Fourteenth Century Verse & Prose_, edited by Kenneth Sisam
(the original title) was supposed to appear in 1921 with a vocabulary (i.e.
a short Middle English dictionary keyed to the selections in the text) by
Tolkien. But Tolkien was late, and the first printing of Sisam appeared
without it. It was published separately as _A Middle English Vocabulary_
in 1922 (this separate edition is very rare). Subsequently the two works
were issued in one volume. They still have separate title pages, however,
and the words "With Glossary" on the spine of an old used copy will tell
you at a glance that Tolkien's Vocabulary is included.
At 01:19 PM 6/12/2005 -0400, Wendell Wagner wrote:
>Are people aware that Dover Books just published a reprint of _A Middle
>English Reader and Vocabulary_ which originally came out (in two volumes) in
>and 1922? This is an anthology of writings in Middle English edited by
>Kenneth Sisam, Tolkien's tutor at Oxford, along with a vocabulary to
>by Tolkien. I presume that this has been out of print for a while and,
>given that it's being reprinted by Dover, that it's out of copyright.
- You can read more about Tolkien's contributions to _Fourteenth
Century Verse and Prose_, and its editorial history, in my edition of
Tolkien's version of "Sir Orfeo" in _Tolkien Studies_ vol. 1. A PDF
version is available for free at:
(If I may, while I'm at it, I'd like to note a publishing error in my
edition: On p. 120 of the volume, the bold heading that reads
"Editorial changes" has been misplaced; it should precede the two-
column list of editorial changes at the bottom of the previous page
(119), which beings with "l. 11, se > se,". This is the list of
editorial changes that I made to Tolkien's text.)
- I thumbed through this in a bookstore briefly today. My only complaint (other than the general ugliness of Dover books, especially since they quit sewing their bindings) is that they seem to have enlarged the text to fit their format, creating an irritating fuzzy look to the lettering.
| On Sun, 12 Jun 2005 13:19:46 EDT
| WendellWag@... wrote:
| Are people aware that Dover Books just published a reprint of _A Middle
| English Reader and Vocabulary_ which originally came out (in two volumes) in 1921
| and 1922? This is an anthology of writings in Middle English edited by
| Kenneth Sisam, Tolkien's tutor at Oxford, along with a vocabulary to accompany it
| by Tolkien. I presume that this has been out of print for a while and,
| given that it's being reprinted by Dover, that it's out of copyright.
| Wendell Wagner
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