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The Complete Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer 1st Edition

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"This edition is just what is needed at the present time. The new formats and glosses are helpful and interesting, with fresh insights and up to date scholarship. Professor Allen has performed an important service to Chaucerians and students alike."

"The notes are clear and draw much from social history, which is something that interests students. Does not seem to overwhelm students with too much esoterica."

About the Author

John H. Fisher, the former President and Executive Director of The New Chaucer Society and of the Modern Language Association of America, is the author of The Importance of Chaucer and of The Emergence of Standard English. He is editor of The Complete Poetry and Prose of Geoffrey Chaucer and of An Anthology of Chancery English.

Mark Allen is the bibliographer of The New Chaucer Society, and the designer and moderator of The Chaucer Bibliography Online. With Bege K. Bowers, he edited Annotated Chaucer Bibliography, 1986-1996, which received the 2002-04 MLA Prize for a Distinguished Bibliography.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 1 edition (November 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0838457088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0838457085
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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The Complete Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer
Very few editions of the Canterbury Tales contain all of the tales Chaucer wrote, and most are in modern English rather than the original Middle English of Chaucer's day. This work, however, contains all the Tales that are extant, in Chaucer's own English, and with excellent notes and vocabulary information on Chaucer's words that are unlikely to be known or understood in the way they were meant when he used them. In addition to the portrayal of the age of Chaucer in the tales themselves, the notes add wonderful flavor to them by explaining aspects of Chaucer's society that are behind what he is saying in the tales themselves and in his descriptions of the pilgrims. All told, one gets a wonderful sense of Chaucer's wry wit and an understanding of his age and its concerns and foibles that a translation without such information can hardly provide.
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This edition of Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" Edited by John Fisher & Mark Allen is truly the finest version I have ever come across. The Tales are rendered in the original Middle English. The book includes 4 wonderful illuminated manuscripts, three of which show the 'General Prologue' in beautifully crafted scribes traditional writing. The introductions and commentaries of the Editor's add greatly to the understanding and background of Chaucer's Tales. But the book gives the interested reader far more than that.

On every page of the book the Editors have included a double annotation. The first annotation at the bottom of each column is a specific word interpretation by line number of those words which would not commonly be recognized by the 21st Century American reader. This set of annotations assists the reader tremendously in understanding the words of a more archaic origin. But the fact that the Editors chose to include this annotation on a page by page basis, instead of at the end of the book in a glossary as is often done in other printings of the Tales, makes this version particularly readable and convenient. Yet the Editors did not stop there.

In a second set of page by page annotations, the Editors include at the bottom of each page again a line by line set of annotations which explain special interpretations, unusual facts and especially the names of towns today that relate to geographic references made within the Tales. The interpretations that are revealed in this second set of annotations makes the reading of the Tales a total pleasure, without making the reader refer to chapter notes at the back of the book.
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