The Canterbury Tales: A Selection (Penguin Classics)

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This selection of the best-loved and most frequently studied of Chaucerís Canterbury Tales provides a fascinating introduction to one of the great cornerstones of English literature. The General Prologue gives vivid character sketches of the colourful band of pilgrims who gather at a London inn on their way to Canterbury, while the nine tales chosen range from the noble Knightís story of rivalry in love to the boastful Pardonerís moral treatise, from the exuberant Wife of Bathís Arthurian legend to the Millerís worldly, ribald farce. Incorporating every style of Medieval narrative Ė bawdy anecdote, allegorical fable and courtly romance Ė the tales brought together here encompass the blend of universal human themes and individual personal detail that have fascinated readers for over 600 years.

For this selection the original fourteenth-century Middle English is presented with a facing-page modern prose translation. This volume also contains a chronology, further reading and an introduction examining Chaucerís life and work and the literary influences on the Tales.

Translated and edited with an introduction by Colin Wilcockson

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Why be frightened of the most wonderful collection of tales ever written? "No Fear: The Canterbury Tales" makes it simple for students to love Chaucer s masterpiece in all its humor, bawdiness, and poignancy. It features the original text on the left-hand page, side-by-side with an easy-to-understand translation on the right; in addition, there is a complete list of characters with descriptions and plenty of helpful commentary."

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"A delight . . . [Raffel's translation] provides more opportunities to savor the counterpoint of Chaucer's earthy humor against passages of piercingly beautiful lyric poetry."--"Kirkus Reviews
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"Masterly . . . This new translation beckons us to make our own pilgrimage back to the very wellsprings of literature in our language." --Billy Collins
"The Canterbury Tales has remained popular for seven centuries. It is the most approachable masterpiece of the medieval world, and Mr. Raffel's translation makes the stories even more inviting.""--Wall Street Journal
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A delight . . . [Raffel s translation] provides more opportunities to savor the counterpoint of Chaucer s earthy humor against passages of piercingly beautiful lyric poetry. Kirkus Reviews

Masterly . . . This new translation beckons us to make our own pilgrimage back to the very wellsprings of literature in our language. Billy Collins
The Canterbury Tales has remained popular for seven centuries. It is the most approachable masterpiece of the medieval world, and Mr. Raffel s translation makes the stories even more inviting. Wall Street Journal
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-A delight . . . [Raffel's translation] provides more opportunities to savor the counterpoint of Chaucer's earthy humor against passages of piercingly beautiful lyric poetry.---Kirkus Reviews

-Masterly . . . This new translation beckons us to make our own pilgrimage back to the very wellsprings of literature in our language.- --Billy Collins
-The Canterbury Tales has remained popular for seven centuries. It is the most approachable masterpiece of the medieval world, and Mr. Raffel's translation makes the stories even more inviting.---Wall Street Journal

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