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
  • 18 and up

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 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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