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On a spring day in April--sometime in the waning years of the 14th century--29 travelers set out for Canterbury on a pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint Thomas Beckett. Among them is a knight, a monk, a prioress, a plowman, a miller, a merchant, a clerk, and an oft-widowed wife from Bath. Travel is arduous and wearing; to maintain their spirits, this band of pilgrims entertains each other with a series of tall tales that span the spectrum of literary genres. Five hundred years later, people are still reading Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. If you haven't yet made the acquaintance of the Franklin, the Pardoner, or the Squire because you never learned Middle English, take heart: this edition of the Tales has been translated into modern idiom.
From the heroic romance of "The Knight's Tale" to the low farce embodied in the stories of the Miller, the Reeve, and the Merchant, Chaucer treated such universal subjects as love, sex, and death in poetry that is simultaneously witty, insightful, and poignant. The Canterbury Tales is a grand tour of 14th-century English mores and morals--one that modern-day readers will enjoy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This carefully researched and lively edition of a part of Chaucer's masterwork is richly and beautifully produced. While Cohen admits that "Chaucer's words are best," her prose adaptation of four of his tales captures the zest and vigor of Middle English and makes his stories accessible to the modern child. This is not a pedantic translation or a bowdlerized retelling; Cohen does not substitute weak cliches for Chaucer's rollicking and earthy metaphors, nor does she sacrifice the rhythms of his text. Readers hear the bickering of the pilgrims as they decide on which tale they want to hear next, and the rambling voice of the good Sir John as he laments Chaunticleer's fate. Hyman's meticulous drawings not only evoke the rich panoply of 14th century England, but they are faithful to the text in the smallest detail. Each pilgrim is made particular: we see the Pardoner's limp hanks of hair and the Wife of Bath's gap-toothed smile and dainty ankle. One could not ask for a more enticing introduction to Chaucer's world. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
A most enjoyable classic.....Chaucer has entertained readers for centuries.....just as Shakespeare still enthrals usPublished 15 hours ago by george keith edweards
For something classic, this was a pretty interesting read and got me to rhyming my words.Published 2 days ago by Crystal Krebs
Though this book is a classic and must be read by any serious peruser of English Literature, the content of the stories is similar to any stories told at the lunch table of any... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
How can this be labeled an "Unabridged" version when the Parson's Tale and the Tale of Melibee aren't included???Published 17 days ago by blue22
An essential book for anyone who wants to truly understand English.Published 2 months ago by Charles Ferraro
Exactly as described! The book is beautiful and I'm very happy about its condition.Published 3 months ago by Faye O Yang
I have only read the first story. But the book met my expect ions. Easton Press books are so beautiful, gold embroosed leather, raised ribs on the spine, gold around the pages and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Audrey Yell