Canterbury Tales (Hardcover)

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    Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400), often referred to as “the grandfather of English literature,” is invariably ranked with Shakespeare and Milton as one of the three greatest poets of the English language. His masterpiece, The Canterbury Tales, has been a touchstone for English-language poetry for more than half a millennium and is one of the most widely read works in the Western canon.

    The precise, unerring, delicately emphatic characterizations for which The Canterbury Tales is so famous are no more extraordinary than Chaucer’s utter mastery of English rhythms and his effortless versification. Ranging from animal fables to miniature epics of courtly love and savagely hilarious comedies of sexual comeuppance, these stories told by pilgrims on the way to the shrine of Thomas a Becket in Canterbury reveal a teeming, vital fourteenth-century English society on the verge of its Renaissance.

    These tales bring together a band of pilgrims who represented most of the occupations and social groups of the time. The diversity of the narrators in turn made possible a varied collection of tales including chivalric romance, spiritual allegory, courtly lay, beast fable and literary satire.

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    ISBN 9780679409892
    Genre FICTION / Literary
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 607
    Publisher Date 1992-07-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Everymans Library
    Copyright Year 1992
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.25 in
    Thickness 1.5 in
    Unit weight 1.5 lb
    Language English
    Series Name Everyman's Library
    Audience College/higher education
    Authors Chaucer, Geoffrey
    Dimensions 1X6X8

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