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The Canterbury Tales

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


The Canterbury Tales
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Category: Poetry - Single Author - British & Irish; Poetry - Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Imprint: Modern Library
Format: Hardcover
Pub Date: November 2008
Price: $36.00
Can. Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-64355-5 (0-679-64355-9)
Pages: 672
Also available as an eBook, eBook, paperback and a trade paperback.



 
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.

Lively, absorbing, and outrageously funny, The Canterbury Tales is an epic poem that gathers twenty-nine of literature's most indelible archetypes—from the exalted Knight to the bawdy Wife to the humble Plowman—in a vivid group portrait that captures the full spectrum of late-medieval English society.

Praise for The Canterbury Tales:

"Burton Raffel has done a masterly job of carrying Chaucer into modern, highly readable English while retaining the rhythm and formal charm that so distinguish The Canterbury Tales. This new translation beckons us to make our own pilgrimage back to the very wellsprings of literature in our language." —Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the United States



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
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.

Burton Raffel is a translator, poet, and scholar whose major translations include 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.

John Miles Foley is a leading Chaucer scholar specializing in medieval studies, epics, and the oral tradition. A professor at the University of Missouri, he is the director of the Center for Studies in Oral Tradition and has written or edited eighteen books. He lives in Columbus, Missouri.





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