We will focus on John Manly (1865–1940), first chair of the University of Chicago’s Department of English Language and Literature, and Edith Rickert (1871–1938), a widely traveled and well-thought-of novelist, as well as the Department’s first woman full professor. Their landmark edition of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales appeared in 1940. In preparing it, they used techniques they had learned in the War Office during World War I when, working together, they “busted” what is remembered as “the most important part” of the German code.
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