Canterbury Tales

Hardcover | June 30, 1992

byGeoffrey Chaucer

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The precise, unerring, delicately emphatic characterizations for which The Canterbury Tales is so famous are no more extraordinary than Chaucer’s utter mastery of English rhythms and his effortless versification. Ranging from animal fables to miniature epics of courtly love and savagely hilarious comedies of sexual comeuppance, these stories told by pilgrims on the way to the shrine of Thomas à Becket in Canterbury reveal a teeming, vital fourteenth-century English society on the verge of its Renaissance.

These tales bring together a band of pilgrims who represented most of the occupations and social groups of the time. The diversity of the narrators in turn made possible a varied collection of tales including chivalric romance, spiritual allegory, courtly lay, beast fable and literary satire.

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Here are tales told by members from all parts of English society of the 14th century, reflecting on life as they travel the road from Southwark to Canterbury.

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The precise, unerring, delicately emphatic characterizations for which The Canterbury Tales is so famous are no more extraordinary than Chaucer’s utter mastery of English rhythms and his effortless versification. Ranging from animal fables to miniature epics of courtly love and savagely hilarious comedies of sexual comeuppance, these s...

Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400), often referred to as “the grandfather of English literature,” is invariably ranked with Shakespeare and Milton as one of the three greatest poets of the English language. His masterpiece, The Canterbury Tales, has been a touchstone for English-language poetry for more than half a millennium and is one of t...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:656 pages, 8.3 × 5.2 × 1.3 inPublished:June 30, 1992Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0679409890

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read the Original Read the original language Chaucer - it's not that hard if you read it out loud and use the notes. Chaucer is an infinitely better than any of his translators. And the tales are fabulous, funny, and filled with some of the greatest characters in the language.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable now that I'm older #plumreview Having this book foisted on me at nineteen did it no favours. But now that I'm willing to put in a little work (the footnotes help with the olde English), there's so much to be gotten from these tales.
Date published: 2016-11-12
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!
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Here are tales told by members from all parts of English society of the 14th century, reflecting on life as they travel the road from Southwark to Canterbury.

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The Canterbury Tales was written . . . during what the Middle Ages would have considered Chaucer’s old age . . . It is a quite astonishing production . . . [He was] free to experiment with narrative in a more audacious way, to challenge orthodoxies old and yet to be formulated, and to explore, exploit, enrich and subvert all the many available kinds of medieval story.” –from the Introduction by Derek Pearsall