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Canterbury Tales: Selection (08 Edition)


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A selection of the best-loved and most frequently studied of The Canterbury Tales, presented in both Middle English and modern prose translation

This collection is the perfect introduction to one of the cornerstones of English literature. The General Prologue provides picturesque character sketches of the colorful band of pilgrims who gather at a London inn on their way to Canterbury. The nine tales chosen range from the noble Knight's story of rivalry in love to the boastful and hypocritical Pardoner's moral treatise, and from the exuberant Wife of Bath's Arthurian legend to the Miller's worldly, ribald farce. Incorporating every type of medieval narrative-bawdy anecdote, allegorical fable, and courtly romance-the tales selected here encompass the blend of universal human themes and individual personal detail that have enthralled readers for more than six hundred years.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.


Eminent poet, translator, and scholar Raffel presents a pitch-perfect new translation of the lively, absorbing, and outrageously funny "Canterbury Tales," in a new, unabridged version that ensures none of Chaucer's wit or wisdom is lost.

About the Author

Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1340-1400) was born in London, the son of a wine merchant, and spent his life in royal and government service. His literary work, with its dazzling array of genres, helped establish the English literary tradition.

Colin Wilcockson has published many books, articles, and reviews on medieval and Renaissance literature. He is an emeritus fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge.

Table of Contents

The Canterbury Tales: A Selection Acknowledgements



Further Reading

A Note on the Translation, Text and Illustrations

The Canterbury Tales

The General Prologue

The Knight's Tale

The Miller's Prologue and Tale

The Reeve's Prologue and Tale

The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale

The Clerk's Prologue and Tale

The Merchant's Prologue, Tale and Epilogue

The Franklin's Prologue and Tale

The Pardoner's Prologue and Tale

The Nun's Priest's Tale

Product Details

Chaucer, Geoffrey
Penguin Books
Wilcockson, Colin
Wilcockson, Colin
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages
General Poetry
Anthologies-United Kingdom Poetry
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Penguin Classics
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Grade Level:
from 12
7.82x5.08x1.08 in. .96 lbs.
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