Chaucer lacks “High Seriousness?”
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Chaucer's Host: Up-So-Doun

“Dolores Cullen’s expertise and passion draw in even readers who swore off Chaucer decades ago. As Cullen pulls back ‘the curtain fashioned six hundred years ago by Geoffrey Chaucer,’ she pulls in anyone interested in the Catholic Church of the Middle Ages or the life of England at that time.”

--Hugh Hewitt, Host of PBS’s Searching for God In America

“In Chaucer’s Host, Dolores Cullen offers something new in Chaucer studies. She posits a secret identity for Herry Bailly, the keeper of the Tabard, where the pilgrims are housed. . . . She convincingly proposes that Chaucer’s Host is none other than Jesus Christ himself . . . . Written to be immediately accessible to the non-specialist general reader.”

--The Midwest Book Review, October 1998

“When I met Chaucer for the first time, I was no ingénue. In spite of that, he swept me off my feet. As I read the Canterbury Tales, I could feel something developing, but it was an experience I’d never had before. Then, without warning, it quickened. There was no longer any doubt: Chaucer’s work had taken up a life in my intellect. It began gesturing to me, teasing me, cavorting along the paths of my mind. I found it irresistible. When it coaxed, I followed where it led. I invite you to join us—the poem and me—in our adventure together. Chaucer’s poetry will bilocate with inexplicable ease and be alive to you as well as to me, if you will extend your mind in a gesture of welcome.”

--opening lines of the Preface, Chaucer’s Host

208 pages, paperback, $14.95

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