Canterbury Tales

ISBN-10: 014042234X
ISBN-13: 9780140422344
Edition: 2005
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List price: $21.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 8/30/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1254
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 2.25" tall
Weight: 1.672

Geoffrey Chaucer, one of England's greatest poets, was born in London about 1340, the son of a wine merchant and deputy to the king's butler and his wife Agnes. Not much is known of Chaucer's early life and education, other than he learned to read French, Latin, and Italian. His experiences as a civil servant and diplomat are said to have developed his fascination with people and his knowledge of English life. In 1359-1360 Chaucer traveled with King Edward III's army to France during the Hundred Years' War and was captured in Ardennes. He returned to England after the Treaty of Bretigny when the King paid his ransom. In 1366 he married Philippa Roet, one of Queen Philippa's ladies, who gave him two sons and two daughters. Chaucer remained in royal service traveling to Flanders, Italy, and Spain. These travels would all have a great influence on his work. His early writing was influenced by the French tradition of courtly love poetry, and his later work by the Italians, especially Dante, Boccaccio, and Petrarch. Chaucer wrote in Middle English, the form of English used from 1100 to about 1485. He is given the designation of the first English poet to use rhymed couplets in iambic pentameter and to compose successfully in the vernacular. Chaucer's Canterbury Tales is a collection of humorous, bawdy, and poignant stories told by a group of fictional pilgrims traveling to the shrine of St. Thomas a Becket. It is considered to be among the masterpieces of literature. His works also include The Book of the Duchess, inspired by the death of John Gaunt's first wife; House of Fame, The Parliament of Fowls, and The Legend of Good Women. Troilus and Criseyde, adapted from a love story by Boccaccio, is one of his greatest poems apart from The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer died in London on October 25, 1400. He was buried in Westminster Abbey, in what is now called Poet's Corner.

Acknowledgements
Editor's Note
Chronology
Introduction
Further Reading
Chaucer's Language
A Note on the Text
Abbreviations of the Canterbury Tales
Group A
The General Prologue
The Knight's Tale
The Miller's Prologue and Tale
The Reeve's Prologue and Tale
The Cook's Prologue and Tale
Group B
The Man of Law's Prologue, Tale [and Epilogue]
Group D
The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
The Friar's Prologue and Tale
The Summoner's Prologue and Tale
Group E
The Clerk's Prologue and Tale
The Merchant's Prologue, Tale and Epilogue
Group F
The Squire's Prologue and Tale
The Squire-Franklin Link, the Franklin's Prologue and Tale
Group C
The Physician's Tale
The Physician-Pardoner Link, the Pardoner's Prologue and Tale
Group B
The Shipman's Tale
The Shipman-Prioress Link, the Prioress's Prologue and Tale
The Prioress-Sir Thopas Link and Sir Thopas
The Thopas-Melibee Link and the Tale of Melibee
The Monk's Prologue and Tale
The Nun's Priest's Prologue, Tale [and Epilogue]
Group G
The Second Nun's Prologue and Tale
The Canon's Yeoman's Prologue and Tale
Group H
The Manciple's Prologue and Tale
Group I
The Parson's Prologue and Tale
Chaucer's Retractions
Abbreviated References
Notes
Glossary

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