The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales

A Selection


Introduction by: Colin Wilcockson
Editor: Colin Wilcockson
Translator: Colin Wilcockson

Format
Paperback
Price
$15.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140424454
  • 656 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

This selection of the best-loved and most frequently studied of Chaucer’s 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 Knight’s story of rivalry in love to the boastful Pardoner’s moral treatise, from the exuberant Wife of Bath’s Arthurian legend to the Miller’s worldly, ribald farce. Incorporating every style of Medieval narrative – bawdy anecdote, allegorical fable and courtly romance – 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 Chaucer’s life and work and the literary influences on the Tales. Translated and edited with an introduction by Colin Wilcockson
The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales

Geoffrey Chaucer, Introduction by: Colin Wilcockson, Editor: Colin Wilcockson, Translator: Colin Wilcockson

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 Tales: A SelectionAcknowledgements
Chronology
Introduction
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

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