Gower Bibliography

John Gower

Wetherbee, Winthrop. "John Gower." In The Cambridge History of Medieval English Literature. Ed. Wallace, David. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999, pp. 589-609.


Wetherbee’s chapter on Gower is proportionally only slightly longer than Peck’s (above), something under 10000 words compared to about 8000 for Peck, but it offers a great deal more to grapple with, giving far more space to interpretive issues than to the purely factual. Gower’s biography is reduced to a single footnote (p. 590), there is a single sentence on his acquaintance with Chaucer (same page), and one has to search hard for any hint that CA is arranged in books that are identified with the Seven Deadly Sins (it’s in the middle of p. 604). There is a great deal, however, on the comparison between Gower’s and Chaucer’s “projects,

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Sources, Analogues, and Literary Relations

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