The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling By Peter Ackroyd (penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Paperback | November 2, 2010

Translated byPeter AckroydEditorPeter AckroydIntroduction byPeter Ackroyd

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"A romp for the ages" (Vanity Fair)now with a graphic cover and deluxe packaging

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 verse.

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"A romp for the ages" (Vanity Fair)—now with a graphic cover and deluxe packaging 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...

Peter Ackroyd is an award-winning novelist, critic, and biographer.Geoffrey Chaucer was born in London, the son of a wine-merchant, in about 1342, and as he spent his life in royal government service his career happens to be unusually well documented. By 1357 Chaucer was a page to the wife of Prince Lionel, second son of Edward III, an...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8.43 × 5.64 × 1.23 inPublished:November 2, 2010Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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