Canterbury Tales

ISBN-10: 0199535620

ISBN-13: 9780199535620

Edition: N/A

Authors: Geoffrey Chaucer, David Wright

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David Wright's new translation of The Canterbury Tales into modern verse--the first to appear in over thirty years--makes one of the greatest works of English literature accessible to all readers while preserving the wit and vivacity of Chaucer's original text.
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List price: $8.95
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 412
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
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.

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A Chronology of Geoffrey Chaucer
The Canterbury Tales
Fragment I (Group A)
General Prologue
The Knight's Tale
The Miller's Prologue
The Miller's Tale
The Reeve's Prologue
The Reeve's Tale
The Prologue of the Cook's Tale
The Cook's Tale
Fragment II (Group B[superscript 1])
Introduction to the Sergeant-at-Law's Tale
The Prologue of the Sergeant-at-Law's Tale
The Sergeant-at-Law's Tale
The Epilogue of the Sergeant-at-Law's Tale
Fragment VII (Group B[superscript 2])
The Sea-Captain's Tale
What the Host said to the Sea-Captain and the lady Prioress
The Prologue of the Prioress's Tale
The Prioress's Tale
The Prologue to Sir Topaz
Sir Topaz
The Prologue to the Tale of Melibeus
The Tale of Melibeus
The Prologue of the Monk's Tale
The Monk's Tale
The Prologue of the Nun's Priest's Tale
The Nun's Priest's Tale
Epilogue to the Nun's Priest's Tale
Fragment III (Group D)
The Prologue of the Wife of Bath's Tale
The dispute between the Summoner and the Friar
The Wife of Bath's Tale
The Prologue of the Friar's Tale
The Friar's Tale
The Prologue of the Summoner's Tale
The Summoner's Tale
Fragment IV (Group E)
The Prologue of the Oxford Scholar's Tale
The Oxford Scholar's Tale
The Prologue of the Merchant's Tale
The Merchant's Tale
Epilogue to the Merchant's Tale
Fragment V (Group F)
The Prologue of the Squire's Tale
The Squire's Tale
What the Franklin said to the Squire
The Prologue of the Franklin's Tale
The Franklin's Tale
Fragment VI (Group C)
The Doctor of Medicine's Tale
What the Host said to the Doctor and the Pardoner
The Prologue of the Pardoner's Tale
The Pardoner's Tale
Fragment VIII (Group G)
The Prologue of the Second Nun's Tale
The Second Nun's Tale
The Prologue of the Canon's Assistant's Tale
The Canon's Assistant's Tale
Fragment IX (Group H)
The Manciple's Prologue
The Manciple's Tale
Fragment X (Group I)
The Parson's Prologue
The Parson's Tale
The Author's Valediction
Explanatory Notes
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