Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 464 pages, 8.48 × 5.64 × 1.21 in
Published: November 2, 2010
Publisher: Penguin Classics
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0143106171
ISBN - 13: 9780143106173
About the Book
Renowned novelist, historian, and biographer Ackroyd takes on what is arguably the greatest poem in the English language and presents it in a prose vernacular that makes it accessible to readers while preserving the spirit of the original. Illustrations.
From the Publisher
"A romp for the ages" (Vanity
Fair)now with a graphic cover and deluxe
Renowned novelist, historian, and biographer Peter Ackroyd takes
on what is arguably the greatest poem in the English language and
presents it in a prose vernacular that makes it accessible to
readers while preserving the spirit of the original. A mirror for
medieval society, The Canterbury Tales concerns a motley
group of pilgrims who meet in a London inn on their way to
Canterbury and agree to take part in a storytelling competition.
Ackroyd''s contemporary prose emphasizes the humanity of these
characters-as well as explicitly rendering their bawdy humor-yet
still masterfully evokes the euphonies and harmonies of Chaucer''s
For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading
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distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as
up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
About the Author
Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343-1400) was an English
author, poet, philosopher, bureaucrat, courtier, and diplomat.
Sometimes called the father of English literature, Chaucer wrote
many works but is best known for The Canterbury Tales.
Peter Ackroyd is a bestselling writer and
historian. He is the author of several highly acclaimed books,
including biographies of Chaucer, Blake, and Dickens, and the
histories London: The Biography and Thames: the
Biography. He lives in London.
Ted Stearn draws comics and works as a storyboard artist
for various shows such as King of the Hill, Drawn
Together, and Squirrel Boy. His collection Fuzz
and Pluck was published in 1999.