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 has been a Fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge since 1960, and Life Fellow since 1987.[4] He has an honorary Ph.D. from Lund University, Sweden, and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Letters (Litt.D.) by the University of Cambridge on the 19th July 2014.[5]


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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