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Clarendon Chaucer

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The "Clarendon Chaucer" was the working title of an edition by J.R.R. Tolkien of Geoffrey Chaucer's works for the Clarendon Press, which never was completed (a manuscript suggests that Selections from Chaucer's Poetry and Prose might have been intended as the published title). While at the University of Leeds, Tolkien worked with George Gordon on the edition, under the supervision of Kenneth Sisam.[1]

Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull have noted that the existence of the "Clarendon Chaucer" was largely unknown before the publication of their The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide (2006).[2] As of 2015, Professor John M. Bowers is working on the "book project Tolkien's Lost Chaucer", based on Tolkien's manuscript edition.[3]


  1. Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: II. Reader's Guide, pp. 153-6
  2. Pieter Collier, "Interview with Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull - authors of the J.R.R. Tolkien Companion & Guide (16.04.07)" at (accessed 18 December 2011)
  3. "John M. Bowers" dated 6 December 2015, (accessed 22 April 2016)