How to Dress as 13 Famous (But Dead) Writers This Halloween

Geoffrey Chaucer

Best known for The Canterbury Tales in which he legitimized Middle English, Chaucer was born in London in 1343, though the exact date and location is unknown. It’s speculated that enemies of Richard II, for whom Chaucer served as an envoy, murdered the poet in 1400, while others surmise that Henry IV may have played a role in his demise. Like Charles Dickens, Chaucer is buried in the Poets’ Corner of Westminster Abbey, with the distinction of being the first writer interred there. To step out as the “father of English poetry” on All Hallow’s Eve, you’ll need a dark, calf-length tunic; white turtleneck; headpiece similar to a nun’s habit; black tights; and black or brown flats or boots, the DIY instructions for most of which you can find on eHow. Complete the costume with a rosary wrapped around your wrist.

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