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Tue, 5 Feb 2002 12:33:51 -0500
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I'm also a subscriber to the CHAUCERNET discussion group.  We are wondering
how one might go about getting a feature on Geoffrey Chaucer done on
"Biography" -- can anyone provide some guidelines to us?  (I've clipped and
pasted below: the posting that initiated this discussion.)

Laura Hodges wrote:
When A&E, at the end of 2000, presented a show about the 100 most
        influential people in the past 1,000 years, they mentioned several
        authors, but Chaucer was not among them. Needless to say, I was
        decidedly miffed. However, that is perhaps because Chaucer looms so
        large in my mind--after all, I am thinking, researching, writing about
        him for some portion of every day. I don't question that he is an
        important figure.

        I'm assuming, perhaps erroneously, that A&E chose their 100 persons
        among the biographies they had already produced, and since Chaucer was
        not among them, he quite naturally couldn't make their list.

        Still, it is clear that the people at A&E either did not think of
        at all, or they questioned and found him wanting in some respect(s).
        Perhaps they lacked the detail knowledge that would have made them
        acknowledge his influence. And perhaps, since they go on producing new
        biographies of both contemporary subjects and historical figures,
        on this list might provide some of that detailed knowledge with the
        intent to influence A&E's choice of Chaucer as a biographic subject
        or soon, even though it is too late for him to be considered in the
        100 for 1,000 AD to 2,000 AD.

        If such a TV show were to be produced, and done well, it would make a
        nice addition to resources that might be useful in the classroom.

        What, in fact, would be the most interesting details or aspects of
        Chaucer's life that would make him a fascinating subject for a TV
        biography, produced for a general audience?


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