Some Canterbury Tales

by Geoffrey Chaucer
Illustrator Marvin Chetwynd

Four Corners Books | July 31, 2014 | Trade Paperback

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In her inventive rendition of Chaucer''s The Canterbury Tales for Four Corners'' Familiars series, artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (born 1973) selects her favorite of the tales--the Prologue, The Miller''s Tale, The Reeve''s Tale, The Friar''s Tale, The Merchant''s Tale, The Wife of Bath''s Tale, The Summoner''s Tale and The Pardoner''s Tale--and sets them against hundreds of collages. These eclectic illustrations reflect the artist''s participatory, communal energies: many of the photographs used were sent to her by friends and acquaintances or are found images. Chetwynd creates a marvelous milieu of interlocking allusions--medieval church imagery, Baroque ornamentation, Renaissance etching, natural-history photography and absurdist, surreal imagery combines. With their intertwined, complex threads and narrative qualities, the collages reflect Chaucer''s own eclecticism and produce similar moments of crude eroticism and ribaldry.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 280 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 in

Published: July 31, 2014

Publisher: Four Corners Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1909829005

ISBN - 13: 9781909829008

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Some Canterbury Tales

by Geoffrey Chaucer
Illustrator Marvin Chetwynd

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 280 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 in

Published: July 31, 2014

Publisher: Four Corners Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1909829005

ISBN - 13: 9781909829008

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In her inventive rendition of Chaucer''s The Canterbury Tales for Four Corners'' Familiars series, artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (born 1973) selects her favorite of the tales--the Prologue, The Miller''s Tale, The Reeve''s Tale, The Friar''s Tale, The Merchant''s Tale, The Wife of Bath''s Tale, The Summoner''s Tale and The Pardoner''s Tale--and sets them against hundreds of collages. These eclectic illustrations reflect the artist''s participatory, communal energies: many of the photographs used were sent to her by friends and acquaintances or are found images. Chetwynd creates a marvelous milieu of interlocking allusions--medieval church imagery, Baroque ornamentation, Renaissance etching, natural-history photography and absurdist, surreal imagery combines. With their intertwined, complex threads and narrative qualities, the collages reflect Chaucer''s own eclecticism and produce similar moments of crude eroticism and ribaldry.

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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