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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (Selected): An Interlinear Translation Paperback – December 31, 1977


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 530 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; Revised edition (December 31, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812000390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812000399
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,069,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Builds a needed bridge for the general student between the 20th and 14th centuries."


--Kent Williams, Troy State University, AL



"Readers coming to 'The Canterbury Tales' for the first time should…buy Vincent Hopper's interlinear translation…To my knowledge, Hopper's rendering is as close, as word for word, as any translation of 'The Canterbury Tales'... It places the new word directly under the original word -- a device that makes the syntax feel old-fashioned but that will also quickly teach you Middle English, which is not hard."
--Joan Acocella,The New Yorker

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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Michael Wischmeyer on May 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, published by Barron's Educational Series, uses an interlinear translation format in which each line of Middle English is followed by a modern translation (in a literal form to make the comparison easier). I like this approach.
Sometimes Middle English is recognizable. This line describing the knight - Ful worthy was he in his lord's werre - is readily understood if you recognize that werre is war.
Contrastingly, this sentence about the prioress is less clear: And sikerly she was of greet disport. Or in modern usage: And indeed she was very diverting.
I initially used a 1948, yellowed first edition with 448 pages, but more recently I found a copy of the "new enlarged edition" with 530 pages. This 1970 edition is no longer new, but copies can still be found with little trouble. It has been reprinted many times; my copy is the fourteenth printing.
Both editions include The Prologue, The Knight's Tale, The Prioress's Prologue, The Prioress's Invocation, The Prioress's Tale, The Nun's Priest's Prologue, The Nun's Priest's Tale, The Nun's Priest's Epilogue, The Pardoner's Prologue, The Pardoner's Tale, The Wife of Bath's Prologue, The Wife of Bath's Tale, The Franklin's Prologue, and The Franklin's Tale.
The new enlarged edition includes four more sections: The Miller's Prologue, The Miller's Tale, The Reeve's Prologue, and The Reeve's Tale.
Both editions offer a short introduction and a short section of notes. The translator is Vincent F. Hopper.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kimiko on April 8, 2012
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I think an Interlinear Translation of the Canterbury Tales is indispensable for one who is trying to study it alone without attending classes. I hope that in time that not only a Selected, but an Interlinear Translation of the whole book will be published. I would also like to be able to purchase an audio reading of the complete works in its original form.
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By Thurman Munson on April 25, 2014
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It all starts here. Can't get more classic than this in the English language. It's great to have the interlinear translation.
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