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Burton Raffel

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Burton Raffel is a translator, poet, and scholar whose major translations include The Canterbury Tales, Beowulf, Don Quijote, The Red and the Black, and Gargantua and Pantagruel. He has also annotated several Shakespeare plays for Yale University Press. He was the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Arts and Humanities and emeritus professor of English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette until 2003. He lives in Louisiana.

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The Canterbury Tales

Written by Geoffrey Chaucer
Translated by Burton Raffel
Introduction by John Miles Foley


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 10, 2009
Price: $17.00

Beyond its importance as a literary work of unvarnished genius, Geoffrey Chaucer’ s unfinished epic poem is also one of the most beloved works in the English language–and for good reason: It is lively, absorbing, perceptive, and outrageously funny. But despite the brilliance of Chaucer’s work, the continual evolution of our... Read more >
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The Canterbury Tales

Written by Geoffrey Chaucer
Translated by Burton Raffel
Introduction by John Miles Foley


Format: Hardcover, 672 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 18, 2008
Price: $36.00

Despite the importance of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, the continual evolution of the English language has rendered his words unfamiliar to many. This new translation by Burton Raffel—most famous for his popular translation of Beowulf—brings Chaucer's poetry back to life for the modern reader, retaining Chaucer's celebrated wit and insight.

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The Canterbury Tales

Written by Geoffrey Chaucer
Translated by Burton Raffel


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 18, 2008
Price: $12.99

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The Annotated Milton
Complete English Poems
Written by Burton Raffel


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: November 25, 2008
Price: $5.99

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The Annotated Milton
Complete English Poems
Edited by Burton Raffel


Format: Paperback, 864 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: September 7, 1999
Price: $6.95

Milton’s English poetry–complete and fully annotated–including “Paradise Lost,” “Paradise Regained,” and “Samson Agonistes.” Read more >
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The Annotated Milton
Complete English Poems
Edited by Burton Raffel


Format: eBook, 864 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: October 28, 2009
Price: $2.99

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Pure Pagan
Seven Centuries of Greek Poems and Fragments
Translated by Burton Raffel
Introduction by Guy Davenport


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 11, 2005
Price: $11.95

“For there is indeed something we can call the spirit of ancient Greece–a carefully tuned voice that speaks out of the grave with astonishing clarity and grace , a distinctive voice that, taken as a whole, is like no other voice that has ever sung on this earth.”
BURTON RAFFEL, from his... Read more >
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Pure Pagan
Seven Centuries of Greek Poems and Fragments
Translated by Burton Raffel
Introduction by Guy Davenport


Format: eBook, 112 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $9.99

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The Red and the Black

Written by Stendhal
Translated by Burton Raffel
Introduction by Diane Johnson


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $11.00

A Major New Translation

The Red and the Black
, Stendhal’s masterpiece, is the story of Julien Sorel, a young dreamer from the provinces, fueled by Napoleonic ideals, whose desire to make his fortune sets in motion events both mesmerizing and tragic. Sorel’s quest to find himself, and the doomed love he encounters... Read more >
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The Red and the Black

Written by Stendhal
Translated by Burton Raffel


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 24, 2003
Price: $7.99

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