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The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales

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Written by Geoffrey ChaucerAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Geoffrey Chaucer
Translated by Burton RaffelAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Burton Raffel
Introduction by John Miles FoleyAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by John Miles Foley

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
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  • Publisher: Modern Library
  • On Sale: November 10, 2009
  • Price: $17.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8129-7845-2 (0-8129-7845-5)
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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 language has rendered his words unfamiliar to many of us. Esteemed poet, translator, and scholar Burton Raffel’s magnificent new unabridged translation brings Chaucer’s poetry back to life, ensuring that none of the original’s wit, wisdom, or humanity is lost to the modern reader. This Modern Library edition also features an Introduction by the widely influential medievalist and author John Miles Foley that discusses Chaucer’ s work as well as his life and times.

“A delight . . . [Raffel’s translation] provides more opportunities to savor the counterpoint of Chaucer’s earthy humor against passages of piercingly beautiful lyric poetry.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Masterly . . . This new translation beckons us to make our own pilgrimage back to the very wellsprings of literature in our language.” —Billy Collins

The Canterbury Tales has remained popular for seven centuries. It is the most approachable masterpiece of the medieval world, and Mr. Raffel’s translation makes the stories even more inviting.”—Wall Street Journal