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Geoffrey Chaucer

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Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400), often referred to as “the grandfather of English literature,” is invariably ranked with Shakespeare and Milton as one of the three greatest poets of the English language. His masterpiece, The Canterbury Tales, has been a touchstone for English-language poetry for more than half a millennium and is one of the most widely read works in the Western canon.

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Canterbury Tales

Written by Geoffrey Chaucer


Format: Hardcover, 656 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: June 30, 1992
Price: $24.00

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The Canterbury Tales

Written by Geoffrey Chaucer


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 1965
Price: $15.95

This prose version in Modern English is by David Wright.

"The rich canvas abounding with Chaucer's colorful figures becomes animated and fast moving as David Wright brings the text into modern English. The tales become pure story telling, more gripping than a present day thriller, without losing the flavor of the... Read more >
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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


Format: Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: February 1, 1982
Price: $5.99

Chaucer's most celebrated work, The Canterbury Tales (c.1387), in which a group of pilgrims entertain each other with stories on the road to Canterbury, is a masterpiece of narration, description, and character portrayal. The tellers and their tales are as fresh and vivid today as they were six centuries ago. Read more >
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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: $13.99

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The Canterbury Tales

Written by Geoffrey Chaucer


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: May 30, 2006
Price: $5.99

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Troilus and Cressida

Written by Geoffrey Chaucer
Translated by George Philip Krapp
Introduction by Peter G. Beidler


Format: Trade Paperback, 348 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 9, 2002
Price: $19.00

Often called the first great English novel, Troilus and Cressida, a tragic love story set during the siege of Troy, is Chaucer’s masterpiece. Troilus, a valiant warrior, is scornful of love until he catches a glimpse of Cressida. With the help of his friend and her uncle Pandarus, Troilus wins Cressida... Read more >
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