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Puffin Classics Canterbury Tales

by Geoffrey Chaucer
Translated by By Mccaughrean Retold

Penguin UK Juvenile | May 1, 1997 | Trade Paperback

Puffin Classics Canterbury Tales is rated 5 out of 5 by 3.
Lively, absorbing, often outrageously funny, Chaucer''s "The Canterbury Tales" is a work of genius, an undisputed classic that has held a special appeal for each generation of readers. "The Canterbury Tales" gather twenty-nine of literature''s most enduring (and endearing) characters in a vivid group portrait that captures the full spectrum of medieval society, from the exalted Knight to the humble plowman. A graceful modren translation facing each page of the text allows the contemporary reader to enjoy the fast pace of these selections from "The Canterbury Tales" with the poetry of the Middle English original always at first hand.

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: May 1, 1997

Publisher: Penguin UK Juvenile

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140380531

ISBN - 13: 9780140380538

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! A great translation, it's easy to read and understand.
Date published: 2013-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definately Entertaining! This edition of The Canterbury Tales is a great translation from the original middle english text. The stories in here will keep you entertained no matter your interests; from murder, to lechery and folktales, Chaucer's got it all!
Date published: 2006-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from CANTERBURY DELIGHTS Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" tells us more than mere pilgrims' tales. First, the Middle English of Chaucer's time makes us realise and appreciate the evolution of the English language. The irony, sarcasm, and wit of Pilgrim Chaucer as the Narrator delights the literary buds of our human intellect. Curious minds should take delight in learning about the social and moral fabric that are woven throughout each pilgrim's character and the tales that is spun by that pilgrim; that is the society of Chaucer's time. This is not a book that teaches you how to, say, fix a leaky faucet; this book is the reason why you should leave that leaky faucet, to be transported into another realm, which precedes and shares our time.
Date published: 2001-01-27

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Puffin Classics Canterbury Tales

by Geoffrey Chaucer
Translated by By Mccaughrean Retold

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: May 1, 1997

Publisher: Penguin UK Juvenile

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140380531

ISBN - 13: 9780140380538

From the Publisher

Lively, absorbing, often outrageously funny, Chaucer''s "The Canterbury Tales" is a work of genius, an undisputed classic that has held a special appeal for each generation of readers. "The Canterbury Tales" gather twenty-nine of literature''s most enduring (and endearing) characters in a vivid group portrait that captures the full spectrum of medieval society, from the exalted Knight to the humble plowman. A graceful modren translation facing each page of the text allows the contemporary reader to enjoy the fast pace of these selections from "The Canterbury Tales" with the poetry of the Middle English original always at first hand.

About the Author

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
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Twenty-nine assorted pilgrims en route to the shrine of St. Thomas a Beckett decide to share a quartet of stories each on their weary way in this undisputed classic of English literature. Carefully edited and produced for younger readers as part of the Puffin Classics library, this child friendly version of The Canterbury Tales makes a viable addition to any avid reader’s bookshelf, as well as a good introduction to the historic masterpiece for older children. Written by Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, these tales, often ribald, usually thoughtful and frequently hilarious, reflect a cross-section of society at that time, from the illustrious knight to the lowly plowman.

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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