Gower Bibliography

Chaucer's Ghoast and Gower's Confessio Amantis.

Essaka, Joshua. "Chaucer's Ghoast and Gower's Confessio Amantis." Notes and Queries 44 (1997), pp. 458-459.


"Chaucer's Ghoast" is an anonymous collection of twelve short poems (one set within a short story in prose) published in London in 1672, and evidently never reprinted since. It has been described as a loose translation of selections from Ovid, and sometimes (e.g. by the NUC) attributed to Charles Cotton (1630-87). Joshua has identified it as a modernization of selections from CA, and reprints ten lines from the two works (from the story of Pygmaleon) to demonstrate the closeness of the seventeenth-century author's borrowing. The non-Ovidian tales of Socrates and Arion are referred to in a note, but the other nine tales are not identified. [PN. Copyright The John Gower Society. JGN 17.2]

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Influence and Later Allusion

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