The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales

(original-spelling edition)


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Paperback
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$21.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140422344
  • 1328 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

One of the greatest and most ambitious works in English literature, in the original Middle English

The Canterbury Tales depicts a storytelling competition between pilgrims drawn from all ranks of society. The tales are as various as the pilgrims themselves, encompassing comedy, pathos, tragedy, and cynicism. The Miller and the Reeve express their mutual antagonism in a pair of comic stories combining sex and trickery; in “The Shipman’s Tale,” a wife sells her favors to a monk. Others draw on courtly romance and fantasy: the Knight tells of rivals competing for the love of the same woman, and the Squire describes a princess who can speak to birds. In these twenty-four tales, Chaucer displays a dazzling range of literary styles and conjures up a wonderfully vivid picture of medieval life. This is a 

  • Freshly established Middle English text with standardized spelling and punctuation and on-page glossing
  • Features an introduction by Jill Mann, a chronology of Chaucer’s life and works, detailed explanatory notes, suggestions for further reading, a full glossary, and a bibliography
  • Companion to the Penguin Classics original-spelling edition of Troilus and Criseyde

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.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Editor’s Note
Chronolgy
Introduction
Further Reading
Chaucer’s Language
A Note on the Tect
Abbreviations of the Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales
Fragment I (Group A)

The General Prologue
The Knight’s Tale
The Miller’s Prologue and Tale
The Reeve’s Prologue and Tale
The Cook’s Prologue and Tale

Fragment II (Group B)

The Man of Law’s Prologue, Tale and Epilogue

Fragment III (Group D)

The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale
The Friar’s Prologue and Tale
The Summoner’s Prologue and Tale

Fragment IV (Group E)

The Clerk’s Prologue and Tale
The Merchant’s Prologue, Tale and Epilogue

Fragment V (Group F)

The Squire’s Prologue and Tale
The Squire-Franklin Link, the Franklin’s Prologue and Tale

Fragment VI (Group C)

The Physician’s Tale
The Physicia-Pardoner Link, The Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale

Fragment VII (Group B)

The Shipman’s Tale
The Shipman-Prioress Link, The Prioress’s Prologue and Tale
The Prioress-Sir Thopas Link and Sir Thopas
The Thopas-Melibee Link and the Tale of Melibee
The Monk’s Prologue and Tale
The Nun’s Priest’s Prologue, Tale and Epilogue

Fragment VIII (Group G)

The Second Nun’s Prologue and Tale
The Canon’s Yeoman’s Prologue and Tale

Fragment IX (Group H)

The Manciple’s Prologue and Tale

Fragment X (Group I)

The Parson’s Prologue and Tale
Chaucer’s Retractions

Abbrviated References
Notes
Glossary

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