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Canterbury Tales Nine Tales and the General Prologue

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ISBN-10: 0393952452

ISBN-13: 9780393952452

Edition: 1989

Authors: Geoffrey Chaucer, V. A. Kolve, Glending Olson

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List price: $12.80
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.298
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…    

V.A. Kolve is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at UCLA. One of America's foremost Chaucer scholars, he is the co-editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Chaucer'sCanterbury Tales(1989; Second Edition, 2005). He has served as President of the Medieval Academy of America, as President of the International New Chaucer Society, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.