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Geoffrey Chaucer

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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The Canterbury Tales
Written by Geoffrey Chaucer, Adapted by Peter Ackroyd, Illustrated by Ted Stearn, Translated by Peter Ackroyd, Introduction by Peter Ackroyd
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | November 2010
$18.00/22.50(Canada) | 978-0-14-310617-3 (0-14-310617-1)

"A romp for the ages" (Vanity Fair)now with a graphic cover and deluxe packaging

Renowned novelist, historian, and biographer Peter Ackroyd takes on what is arguably the greatest poem in the English language and presents it in a prose vernacular that makes it accessible to readers while preserving the spirit... Read more






The Canterbury Tales
Written by Geoffrey Chaucer, Afterword by Paul Strohm, Edited by Frank Grady, Foreword by Frank Grady, Introduction by Donald R. Howard
Signet | Paperback | February 2013
$5.95/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-451-41678-0 (0-451-41678-3)

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... Read more






Canterbury Tales
Written by Geoffrey Chaucer, Introduction by Derek Pearsall
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | June 1992
$24.00/28.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-40989-2 (0-679-40989-0)

The precise, unerring, delicately emphatic characterizations for which The Canterbury Tales is so famous are no more extraordinary than Chaucer’s utter mastery of English rhythms and his effortless versification. Ranging from animal fables to miniature epics of courtly love and savagely hilarious comedies of sexual comeuppance, these stories told by pilgrims...

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The Canterbury Tales
Written by Geoffrey Chaucer, Illustrated by Coralie Bickford-Smith, Translated by Nevill Coghill, Introduction by Nevill Coghill, Noted by Nevill Coghill
Penguin Classics | Hardcover | December 2015
$24.00/31.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-139321-6 (0-14-139321-1)

One of the great masterworks of English literature, in a gorgeous new clothbound edition

In The Canterbury Tales Chaucer created one of the great touchstones of English literature, a masterly collection of chivalric romances, moral allegories, and low farce. A storytelling competition between a group of pilgrims from all walks of life is... Read more






The Canterbury Tales
Written by Geoffrey Chaucer, Translated by David Wright
Vintage | Trade Paperback | July 2011
$11.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-74353-4 (0-307-74353-5)

A clear modern prose translation of Chaucer’s masterpiece of Middle English storytelling by the acclaimed poet David Wright.
 
The Canterbury Tales has entertained readers for centuries, with its comic animal fables, moral allegories, miniature epics of courtly love, and rollicking erotic farces that bring fourteenth-century England to life on every page. The gloriously varied... Read more






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 Canterbury Tales
Written by Geoffrey Chaucer, Edited by Colin Wilcockson, Translated by Colin Wilcockson, Introduction by Colin Wilcockson
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | July 2009
$17.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-042445-4 (0-14-042445-8)

A selection of the best-loved and most frequently studied of The Canterbury Tales, presented in both Middle English and modern prose translation

This collection is the perfect introduction to one of the cornerstones of English literature. The General Prologue provides picturesque character sketches of the colorful band of pilgrims who gather at a... Read more






The Canterbury Tales
Written by Geoffrey Chaucer, Introduction by Jill Mann, Noted by Jill Mann
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | August 2005
$22.00/29.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-042234-4 (0-14-042234-X)

One of the greatest and most ambitious works in English literature, in the original Middle English

The Canterbury Tales depicts a storytelling competition between pilgrims drawn from all ranks of society. The tales are as various as the pilgrims themselves, encompassing comedy, pathos, tragedy, and cynicism. The Miller and the Reeve express their... Read more






The Canterbury Tales
Written by Geoffrey Chaucer, Translated by Nevill Coghill, Introduction by Nevill Coghill, Noted by Nevill Coghill
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | February 2003
$11.00/14.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-042438-6 (0-14-042438-5)

Nevill Coghill’s masterly and vivid modern English verse translation with all the vigor and poetry of Chaucer’s fourteenth-century Middle English

In The Canterbury Tales Chaucer created one of the great touchstones of English literature, a masterly collection of chivalric romances, moral allegories and low farce. A story-telling competition between a group of pilgrims from... Read more






The Canterbury Tales
Written by Geoffrey Chaucer, Introduction by Michael Alexander, Noted by Michael Alexander
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | November 1996
$13.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-043409-5 (0-14-043409-7)

The most complete of all remaining surviving fragments sections of The Canterbury Tales, the First Fragment contains some of Chaucer's most widely enjoyed work. In The General Prologue, Chaucer introduces his pilgrims through a set of speaking portraits, drawn with a clarity that makes no attempt to conceal their peculiarities. The... Read more






The Canterbury Tales
Written by Geoffrey Chaucer
Bantam Classics | Paperback | February 1982
$5.99/7.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21082-8 (0-553-21082-3)

Lively, absorbing, often outrageously funny, Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales is a work of genius, an undisputed classic that has held a special appeal for each generation of readers. The Tales gathers twenty-nine of literature’s most enduring (and endearing) characters in a vivid group portrait that captures the full spectrum of medieval... Read more






Love Visions
Written by Geoffrey Chaucer, Translated by Brian Stone, Introduction by Brian Stone, Noted by Brian Stone
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | August 1983
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-044408-7 (0-14-044408-4)

Spanning Chaucer's working life, these four poems build on the medieval convention of 'love visions' - poems inspired by dreams, woven into rich allegories about the rituals and emotions of courtly love. In The Book of the Duchess, the most traditional of the four, the dreamer meets a widower who has... Read more






The Portable Chaucer
Written by Geoffrey Chaucer, Edited by Theodore Morrison, Translated by Theodore Morrison
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | May 1977
$20.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-015081-0 (0-14-015081-1)

In the fourteenth century Geoffrey Chaucer, who served three kings as a customs official and special envoy, virtually invented English poetry. He did so by wedding the language of common speech to metrical verse, creating a medium that could accommodate tales of courtly romance, bawdy fabliaux, astute psychological portraiture, dramatic monologues... Read more






Troilus and Cressida
Written by Geoffrey Chaucer, Translated by George Philip Krapp, Introduction by Peter G. Beidler
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | April 2002
$19.00/27.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75736-5 (0-375-75736-8)

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






Troilus and Criseyde
Written by Geoffrey Chaucer, Edited by Barry Windeatt, Introduction by Barry Windeatt, Noted by Barry Windeatt
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | April 2004
$17.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-042421-8 (0-14-042421-0)

Chaucer's longest complete poem is the supreme evocation of doomed courtly love in medieval English literature. Set during the tenth year of the siege of Troy, the poem relates how Troilus - with the help of Criseyde's wily uncle Pandarus - persuades her to become his lover, only to be betrayed... Read more






Troilus and Criseyde
Written by Geoffrey Chaucer, Translated by Nevill Coghill
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | April 1971
$13.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-044239-7 (0-14-044239-1)

Chaucer's longest complete poem is the supreme evocation of doomed courtly love in medieval English literature. Set during the tenth year of the siege of Troy, the poem relates how Troilus - with the help of Criseyde's wily uncle Pandarus - persuades her to become his lover, only to be betrayed... Read more





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