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The Canterbury Tales

A Selection

Geoffrey Chaucer - Author

Frank Grady - Editor

Frank Grady - Foreword by

Donald R. Howard - Introduction by

Paul Strohm - Afterword by

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ISBN 9780451416780 | 432 pages | 05 Feb 2013 | Signet Classic | 6.49 x 4.29in | 18 - AND UP
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While Geoffrey Chaucer composed several magnificent works of poetry, his reputation as “the father of English literature” rests mainly on The Canterbury Tales, a group of stories told by assorted pilgrims en route to the shrine of Thomas à Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. From the mirthful and bawdy to the profoundly moral, the tales, taken in their entirety, reflect not only the manners and mores of medieval England, but indeed, the full comic and tragic dimensions of the human condition. Considered the greatest collection of narrative poems in English literature, The Canterbury Tales was composed in the Middle English of Chaucer’s day, possibly to be read aloud at the court of Richard II. However, their grandeur, humor, and relevance are timeless, as readers of this authoritative edition will discover.


UNIQUE FEATURES OF THE SIGNET CLASSICS CANTERBURY TALES

Full critical Introduction by editor Donald R. Howard * Normalized spelling system for easier reading and pronunciation * Extensive footnotes
* Special section “On Pronouncing Chaucer” * Glossary of basic Middle English words With a Foreword by Frank Grady and a New Afterword  by Paul Strohm


The Canterbury Tales: A Selection Acknowledgements
Chronology
Introduction
Further Reading
A Note on the Translation, Text and Illustrations

The Canterbury Tales

The General Prologue
The Knight's Tale
The Miller's Prologue and Tale
The Reeve's Prologue and Tale
The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
The Clerk's Prologue and Tale
The Merchant's Prologue, Tale and Epilogue
The Franklin's Prologue and Tale
The Pardoner's Prologue and Tale
The Nun's Priest's Tale