Wadsworth Chaucer

ISBN-10: 113331628X

ISBN-13: 9781133316282

Edition: 3rd 1987

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Book details

List price: $99.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 12/12/1986
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1376
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 3.960
Language: English

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.

Preface
Introductory Note
Introduction
Canterbury Tales
Fragment I
General Prologue
The Knight's Tale
The Miller's Tale
The Reeve's Tale
The Cook's Tale
Fragment II
The Man of Law's Tale
Fragment III
The Wife of Bath's Tale
The Friar's Tale
The Summoner's Tale
Fragment Part IV
The Clerk's Tale
The Merchant's Tale
Fragment V
The Squire's Tale
The Franklin's Tale
Fragment VI
The Physician's Tale
The Pardoner's Tale
Fragment VII
The Shipman's Tale
The Prioress's Tale
The Tale of Sir Thopas
The Tale of Melibee
The Monk's Tale
The Nun's Priest's Tale
Fragment VIII
The Second Nun's Tale
The Canon's Yeoman's Tale
Fragment IX
The Manciple's Tale
Fragment X
The Parson's Tale
Chaucer's Retraction
Book of the Duchess
House of Fame
Anelida and Arcite
Parliament of Fowls
Boece
Troylus and Criseyde
Legend of Good Women
F Prologue
G Prologue
Short Poems
An ABC
A Complaint unto Pity
A Complaint to His Lady
Complaint of Mars
Complaint of Venus
To Rosemounde
Womanly Noblesse
Chaucer's Words unto Adam, His Owne Scriveyn
The Former Age
Fortune
Truth
Gentilesse
Lak of Steadfastnesse
Lenvoy de Chaucer a Scogan
Lenvoy de Chaucer a Bukton
Complaint of Chaucer to His Purse
Proverbs
Poems Not Attributed to Chaucer in the Manuscripts
Against Women Unconstant
Complaynt Damours
Mercilesse Beaute
A Balade of Complaint
Treatise on the Astrolabe
Romaunt of the Rose
Appendix
General Bibliography
Abbreviations
Explanatory Notes
Textual Notes
Glossary
Index of Proper Names
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