The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales


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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140424386
  • 528 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • 18 and up

Overview

Inspired by Boccaccio’s Decameron, and framed as a storytelling competition between a group of pilgrims, Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales is one of the greatest works of English literature, translated from the Middle English with an introduction by Nevill Coghill in Penguin Classics. In The Canterbury Tales Chaucer created one of the great touchstones of English literature, a masterly collection of chivalric romances, moral allegories and low farce. A story-telling competition between a group of pilgrims from all walks of life is the occasion for a series of tales that range from the Knight’s account of courtly love and the ebullient Wife of Bath’s Arthurian legend, to the ribald anecdotes of the Miller and the Cook. Rich and diverse, The Canterbury Tales offers us an unrivalled glimpse into the life and mind of Medieval England. Nevill Coghill’s masterly and vivid English verse translation is rendered with consummate skill to retain all the vigour and poetry of Chaucer’s fourteenth-century Middle English. Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1343-1400) was an English author, poet, philosopher, courtier and diplomat, best known as the author of The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer is credited as being the first author to demonstrate the artistic legitimacy of the vernacular English language. The first poet to have been buried in the Poet’s Corner of Westminster Abbey, his other works include The House of Fame, Troilus and Criseyde and The Book of the Duchess. If you enjoyed The Canterbury Tales, you might like Boccaccio’s Decameron, also available in Penguin Classics. ‘Nevill Coghill’s easy, seductive translation ensures that this, the most popular work in English Literature – now 600 years old – will run through yet more centuries, delighting yet more readers, shaping more writers’ Melvyn Bragg
The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales

Geoffrey Chaucer, Translator: Nevill Coghill

Praise

“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

Table of Contents

The Canterbury TalesAcknowledgments
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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