A. C. Spearing

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Anthony Colin Spearing (born January 31, 1936)[1] is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English at the University of Virginia, specialising in medieval literature. He is perhaps most widely known for his books on the Gawain-Poet and Medieval Dream-Poetry and for his translation of The Cloud of Unknowing and Other Works for Penguin Classics.[2]


He was a student at Jesus College, Cambridge, a research fellow at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge[1] and received his M.A. from the University of Cambridge in 1960.[3] He is a Life Fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge, and has an honorary Ph.D. from Lund University, Sweden.


Spearing has published numerous books and papers on topics of medieval English literature, including many works on Geoffrey Chaucer. Works by Spearing include:


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