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Coffeetown Press Releases Peter G. Beidler’s A Student Guide to Chaucer’s Middle English
Coffeetown Press has published an invaluable reference booklet for students and fans of Chaucer, written by renowned Chaucerian scholar Peter G. Beidler and refined over forty years of teaching., 6/01/2011 - Seattle, WA.—Coffeetown Press is proud to announce the release of A Student Guide to Chaucer's Middle English (68 pp, $9.95, ISBN: 978-1-60381-102-6), by renowned Chaucerian Peter G. Beidler, an entertaining and informative reference booklet for students and teachers of Chaucer as well as anyone interested in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

“Beidler’s booklet ... is an indispensable component of my course materials,” says Fiona Tolhurst of the University of Geneva. “This guide enables students to read Chaucer aloud with confidence within a few weeks.”

“Intended for beginners in Chaucer studies, it will serve also as a handy refresher and reference for many medievalists,” says Susan Yager of Iowa State University. “Pete Beidler’s trademark humor, as well as his career-long concern for student learning, is evident on every page.”

“Because [Beidler] takes nothing for granted, in thoroughness, precision, and tone, his explanations are suitable for any beginner, from high school through college,” says Alan Baragona of the Virginia Military Institute.

A Student Guide to Chaucer’s Middle English shows where Chaucer’s English came from, when it developed, and especially how to pronounce it. The guide contains information on the International Phonetic Alphabet, iambic pentameter, and the Great Vowel Shift. It also has word lists and transcription exercises. Refined during four decades of Beidler’s own teaching, this booklet is now widely available for the first time.

PETER G. BEIDLER is the Lucy G. Moses Distinguished Professor of English, emeritus, at Lehigh University. In his long career, he has published more often in the Chaucer Review than any other scholar. He is the author of The Wife of Bath in the Bedford Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism series, Masculinities in Chaucer, and some twenty other books on various literary and pedagogical subjects. He was a Fulbright professor at Sichuan University in mainland China and as the Robert Foster Cherry Professor at Baylor University in Texas. The winner of several teaching awards, he was named national Professor of the Year in 1983 by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation. He now lives in Seattle, Washington.

A Student Guide to Chaucer’s Middle English is available in paperback on,,, and Amazon Japan. Bookstores and libraries can order through and Ingram.

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