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Canterbury Tales

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ISBN-10: 0140424385

ISBN-13: 9780140424386

Edition: 2003 (Revised)

Authors: Geoffrey Chaucer, Nevill Coghill, Geoffrey Chaucer

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In 'The Canterbury Tales', Chaucer created one of the great touchstones of English literature, a masterly collection of chivalric romances, moral allegories and low farce.
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List price: $11.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 2/4/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.034
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.

Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1342-1400) had a career in royal service as a member of the court and a diplomat. His literary work, notable for its range of genres, helped establish the English literary tradition. Nevill Coghill (1899-1980) held many appointments at Oxford University. His translation of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseydeis also published by Penguin Classics.

Introduction: Chaucer's Life--Chaucer's Works
Group A
The Prologue
The Knight's Tale
Words between the Host and the Miller
The Miller's Tale
The Reeve's Prologue
The Reeve's Tale
The Cook's Prologue
The Cook's Tale
Group B
Introduction to the Man of Law's Tale
The Man of Law's Prologue
The Man of Law's Tale
Epilogue to the Man of Law's Tale
The Shipman's Tale
Words of the Host to the Shipman and the Prioress
The Prioress's Prologue
The Prioress's Tale
Words of the Host to Chaucer
Chaucer's Tale of Sir Topaz
The Host stops Chaucer's Tale of Sir Topaz
Chaucer's Tale of Melibee (in synopsis)
Words of the Host to the Monk
The Monks Tale
King Peter of Spain
King Peter of Cyprus
Bernabo Visconti of Lombardy
Count Ugolino of Pisa
King Antiochus the Illustrious
Julius Caesar
Words of the Knight and the Host
The Nun's Priest's Tale
Words of the Host to the Nun's Priest
Group C
The Physician's Tale
Words of the Host to the Physician and to the Pardoner
The Pardoner's Prologue
The Pardoner's Tale
Group D
The Wife of Bath's Prologue
Words between the Summoner and the Friar
The Wife of Bath's Tale
The Friar's Prologue
The Friar's Tale
The Summoner's Prologue
The Summoner's Tale
Group E
The Clerk's Prologue
The Clerk's Tale
Chaucer's Envoy to the Clerk's Tale
The Merchant's Prologue
The Merchant's Tale
Epilogue to the Merchant's Tale
Group F
The Squire's Prologue
The Squire's Tale
Words of the Franklin to the Squire and of the Host to the Franklin
The Franklin's Prologue
The Franklin's Tale
Group G
The Second Nun's Prologue
The Second Nun's Tale
The Canon's Yeoman's Prologue
The Canon's Yeoman's Tale
Group H
The Manciple's Prologue
The Manciple's Tale
Group I
The Parson's Prologue
The Parson's Tale (in synopsis)
Chaucer's Retractions