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The Canterbury Tales: Fifteen Tales and the General Prologue (Norton Critical Editions) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0393925876 ISBN-10: 0393925870 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 2nd edition (May 17, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393925870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393925876
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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V. A. Kolve is UCLA Foundation Professor of English, Emeritus. A Rhodes Scholar, he is the author of Chaucer and the Imagery of Narrative, winner of the James Russell Lowell Award and British Council Prize, The Play Called Corpus Christi, and the forthcoming Christ as Gardener and Pilgrim: A Study in Medieval Iconography.

Glending Olson is Professor Emeritus of English, Cleveland State University. He is the author of Literature as Recreation in the Later Middle Ages.

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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful By dottikins on June 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
Why the Norton edition -- which preserves these tales in their original Middle English dialect -- over the modernised versions of Chaucer's classic stories? Because it's only in their original form that they retain the poetry and power of Chaucer's intent. I read these stories with a professor who could passably read Middle English and it was a revelation. Before, with translated versions, I had never quite understood why Chaucer was considered so great, so necessary to the canon. Hearing them in the original form, I suddenly understood. The tales are funny, dirty, odd stories (like an English version of "The Decameron") told in striking, blood-stirring rhyme and rhythm. Hearing them read aloud was like music to the ear. Which makes the smoothed-over versions feel flat and dead to the ear.

Buy this edition. Try to learn enough Middle English to get along. Discover for yourself the power of Chaucer's poetry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alynn J. Mahle on January 30, 2014
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Glending Olsen, the author, was an amazing professor at Cleveland State University while I was a grad student. I took his Chaucer class, and we used this text. He had a real knack for the OE language and an understanding for Chaucer's world and life. It was a genuine pleasure to be in the class. He signed my book; it is something I will always treasure.
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By Zack C. Hornbuckle on April 7, 2014
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Chaucer is a language unto himself it would seem. However he was a great author and well worth the time to read. This was a well made book, it hasn't fallen apart yet anyway, and is worth sharing with others
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joanne Swartzberg on November 20, 2012
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This is an excellent version of this classic. The footnotes, introductions and end notes are all very useful. I really enjoyed reading it.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sonya Walker on November 2, 2013
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I bought this book for my son. He said it was a good book, and it helped him with whatever he needed it for.
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