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Burton Raffel

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
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | November 2009
$17.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7845-2 (0-8129-7845-5)

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... Read more

The Annotated Milton
Edited by Burton Raffel
Bantam Classics | Paperback | September 1999
$6.95/7.95(Canada) | 978-0-553-58110-2 (0-553-58110-4)

Affordable, compact, and authoritative, this one-volume edition of The Annotated Milton encompasses the monumental sweep of John Milton’s poetry. Here are Milton’ s early works, including his first great poem, “On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity,” the light and lyrical “L’Allegro” and “Il Penseroso,” the masque Comus, and the lushly beautiful... Read more

Pure Pagan
Translated by Burton Raffel, Introduction by Guy Davenport
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | October 2005
$11.95/16.95(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6962-7 (0-8129-6962-6)

“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

The Red and the Black
Written by Stendhal, Translated by Burton Raffel, Introduction by Diane Johnson
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | May 2004
$12.00/16.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7207-8 (0-8129-7207-4)

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