The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales

A Retelling by Peter Ackroyd (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)


Illustrator: Ted Stearn
Introduction by:
Translator:
Adapted by:

Format
Paperback
Price
$18.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143106173
  • 464 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • 18 and up

Overview

“A romp for the ages” (Vanity Fair)now with a graphic cover and deluxe packaging

Renowned novelist, historian, and biographer Peter Ackroyd takes on what is arguably the greatest poem in the English language and presents it in a prose vernacular that makes it accessible to readers while preserving the spirit of the original. A mirror for medieval society, The Canterbury Tales concerns a motley group of pilgrims who meet in a London inn on their way to Canterbury and agree to take part in a storytelling competition. Ackroyd’s contemporary prose emphasizes the humanity of these characters-as well as explicitly rendering their bawdy humor-yet still masterfully evokes the euphonies and harmonies of Chaucer’s verse.

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.
 
The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales

Geoffrey Chaucer, Illustrator: Ted Stearn, Introduction by: Peter Ackroyd, Translator: Peter Ackroyd, Adapted by: Peter Ackroyd

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

Series

Penguin Classics Deluxe
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
George Eliot
Mary Karr
Illustrator: Brian Rea
Jane Austen

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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