The first version of this edition appeared in 1994 and was described by reviewers as "a considerable advance over the work of earlier editors" (Journal of English and Germanic Philology); "essential reading for those planning to write about the House of Fame"(Speculum); and "an edition which will be useful and informative to both students and Chaucer scholars alike"(Review of English Studies).
Critical interest in The House of Fame has since continued to develop, and a re-issue of this edition by PIMS has provided an opportunity to acknowledge and support that interest. The Introduction and Commentary have thus been thoroughly revised to take account of recent scholarship on the poem; glossing in footnotes to the text and at the end of the volume has been extended; and a number of minor errors have been corrected.
"The new edition emends some of the few omissions or infelicities present in the first, and Havely has taken into due consideration the observations and occasional criticisms of past reviewers, while keeping his own counsel on some disputed interpretations. All these elements confirm the high standard and solidity of this edition, and its value for students and scholars alike." (Alessandra Petrina, in: The Medieval Review, 15.10.13)