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
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?
Carol L. Robinson, Ph.D.
Kent State University - Trumbull
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