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Canterbury Tales (Oneworld Classics)by Geoffrey Chaucer
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A selection of the best-loved and most frequently studied of The Canterbury Tales
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 Knightas story of rivalry in love to the boastful and hypocritical Pardoneras moral treatise, and from the exuberant Wife of Bathas Arthurian legend to the Milleras worldly, ribald farce. Incorporating every type of medieval narrativeabawdy anecdote, allegorical fable, and courtly romanceathe tales selected here encompass the blend of universal human themes and individual personal detail that have enthralled readers for more than six hundred years.
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.
Unfinished at the time of Chaucers death, this inimitable collection of fables, romances, and sermons has ingrained itself in the English imagination. As a motley crowd of pilgrims—from nun to knight, miller to monk, clerk to cook—journey from London to Canterbury to visit the shrine of St. Thomas Becket, they pass the time by telling each other stories. Narrated with a vast variety of tones and featuring themes ranging from the Knights traditional tale of courtly romance to the bawdy wit of the Wife of Bath, the tales form a varied patchwork of English life with echoes of classical and medieval literature. This thoroughly edited and extensively annotated edition contains a selection of the most popular tales.
About the Author
Geoffrey Chaucer (1343c1400) is known as the father of English literature for his use of the English vernacular in literature. Christopher Lauer is a translator.
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