The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling by Peter Ackroyd (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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Penguin, Nov 2, 2010 - Fiction - 464 pages
David Wright's prose version of Chaucer's classic.
 

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User Review  - LynnB - LibraryThing

Peter Ackroyd has undertaken a re-writing of The Canterbury Tales in modern English prose. He has made these stories accessible to the modern reader, thereby giving us a glimpse of life in medieval ... Read full review

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To rewrite Chaucer in today's idiom invites disdain from the purists, but for one such as me, whose education omitted both this vital classic, and the linguistic tools that would have given me access ... Read full review

Contents

The General Prologue
3
The Knights Tale
29
The Millers Prologue and Tale
79
The Reeves Prologue and Tale
99
The Cooks Prologue and Tale III
115
The Wife of Baths Prologue and Tale
177
The Summoners Prologue and Tale
233
The Squires Prologue and Tale
261
The Physicians Tale
299
The Shipmans Tale 32 I
321
The Prioresss Prologue and Tale 33 I
339
The Monks Prologue and Tale 3 49
373
The Second Nuns Prologue and Tale
389
The Canons Yeomans Prologue and Tale
423
The Parsons Prologue
433
Copyright

The Franklins Prologue and Tale
277

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About the author (2010)

Geoffrey Chaucer was born in London about 1340, the son of a well-to-do and well-connected wine merchant. In 1360, after his capture while fighting in the French wars, Edward III paid his ransom, and later Chaucer married Philippa de Roet, a maid of honor to the queen and sister-in-law to John of Gaunt, Chaucer's patron.

Chaucer's oeuvre is commonly divided into three periods: the French (to 1372), consisting of such works as a translation of the Roman de la Rose and The Book of the Duchess; the Italian (1372-1385), including The House of Fame, The Parliament of Fowls and Troilus and Criseyde; and the English (1385-1400), culminating in The Canterbury Tales. In 1400, he died, leaving 24 of the apparently 120 tales he had planned for his final masterpiece. Chaucer became the first of England's great men to be buried in the Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey.
    
Peter G. Beidler is the Lucy G. Moses Distinguished Professor of English at Lehigh University. He is the author of a dozen books and more than 150 articles. In the summer of 2005 he directed a seminar for high school teachers on Chaucer's Canterbury Comedies (the seminar was supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities). He and his wife Anne have four children.

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