Míceál F. Vaughan
Professor, English and Comparative Literature
Piers Plowman: The A Version
(The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011)
The fourteenth-century Piers Plowman is one of the most influential poems from the Age of Chaucer. Following the character Will on his quest for the true Christian life, the three dream narratives that make up this work address a number of pressing political, social, moral, and educational issues of the late Middle Ages.
Míceál F. Vaughan’s landmark critical edition of the A version is the first in over fifty years. Unlike the B and C versions, there has not been a modern, affordable edition of the A version available prior to the publication of this book. Through it, Vaughan invites new generations of students and scholars to engage with this great medieval poem.
This publication complements a digitized version of the text. See Vaughan’s electronic Piers Plowman at http://faculty.washington.edu/miceal/PiersA/