Books: Chaucer Polished

TROILUS & CRESSIDA — Geoffrey Chaucer; Englished anew by George Philip Krapp—Random House ($3.50). Geoffrey Chaucer (circa 1340-1400), whom posterity has agreed to call a pretty poet, has had his ups & downs. Many a lesser man, making light of Chaucer's archaic English, has tried to re-drape his sturdy uncouthness in modern dress. 17th-century Poet John Dryden ("Chaucer, I confess, is a rough Diamond; and must first be polish'd e'er he shines") was one. Latest is Columbia Professor George Philip Krapp. Partly because new books are scarce around Christmastime, partly because...

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