The selection features complete translations of the majority of the stories, including all of the more familiar tales and narrative links along with abridgments or summaries of the others. To reflect Chaucer's interest in poetic technique, Glaser presents the tales written in non-couplet stanzas in their original forms.
An Introduction, marginal glosses, bibliography, and notes are also included.
* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Chaucer's life and works
* Concise introductions to the poems and other texts
* Images of how the books were first illustrated, giving your eReader a taste of the medieval texts
* Excellent formatting of the poetry
* THE CANTERBURY TALES features the original Ellesmere Manuscript illustrations of the pilgrims
* Offers two versions of the major texts THE CANTERBURY TALES and TROILUS AND CRISEDYE, each with individual contents tables and links: The Oxford University 1894 scholarly text, with original spellings and line numbers (ideal for students) AND a modernised spellings and annotated text version to help the general reader now you can truly enjoy Chaucers language!
* Special criticism section, with essays by writers such as G. K. Chesterton, Virginia Woolf and James Joyce evaluating Chaucers contribution to literature
* Features four biographies immerse yourself in Chaucer's medieval world!
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
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THE ROMAUNT OF THE ROSE
THE BOOK OF THE DUCHESS
THE HOUSE OF FAME
ANELIDA AND ARCITE
PARLEMENT OF FOULES
TROILUS AND CRISEYDE (ORIGINAL TEXT)
TROILUS AND CRISEYDE (MODERNISED AND ANNOTATED)
THE LEGEND OF GOOD WOMEN
THE CANTERBURY TALES (ORIGINAL TEXT)
THE CANTERBURY TALES (MODERNISED AND ANNOTATED)
TREATISE ON THE ASTROLABE
CHAUCER AND HIS TIMES by Grace Eleanor Hadow
ON MR. GEOFFREY CHAUCER by G. K. Chesterton
ADVENTURES IN CRITICISM by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
LECTURES ON CHAUCER AND SPENSER by William Hazlitt
Extract from MY LITERARY PASSIONS by William Dean Howells
THE RENAISSANCE AND THE REFORMATION by Andrew Lang
THE PASTONS AND CHAUCER by Virginia Woolf
Extract from INTRODUCTION TO THE PAINTINGS by D. H. Lawrence
Extract from REALISM AND IDEALISM IN ENGLISH LITERATURE by James Joyce
CHAUCER AND HIS ENGLAND by G. G. Coulton
CHAUCER by Sir Adolphus William Ward
CHAUCERS OFFICIAL LIFE by James Root Hulbert
BRIEF LIFE OF GEOFFREY CHAUCER by D. Laing Purves
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The second edition includes a new Middle English glossary, a timeline of Chaucer’s life and times, and detailed page headers showing the fragment and line numbers to assist readers in finding a specific section of the poem.
Both The Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Cressida are presented complete in this anthology, in fresh modern translations by Theodore Morrison that convey both the gravity and gaiety of the Middle English originals. The Portable Chaucer also contains selections from The Book of Duchess, The House of Fame, The Bird's Parliament, and The Legend of Good Women, together with short poems. Morrison's introduction is vital for its insights into Chaucer as man and artist, and as a product of the Middle Ages whose shrewdness, humor, and compassion have a wonderfully contemporary ring.
The second edition includes a new glossary, a timeline of Chaucer’s life and times, and detailed headers showing the section and line numbers, making it easier to find a specific section of the poem. Several popular prologues and tales have also been added to the selection: The Cook’s Prologue and Tale, The Friar’s Prologue and Tale, The Merchant’s Prologue and Tale, and The Parson’s Prologue.
This edition is based on the Corpus Christi College Cambridge manuscript of Troilus and Criseyde; the manuscript text is conservatively edited and the original Middle English text is used. Difficult words are conveniently glossed in the margins, and explanatory footnotes help with references and allusions.
Classic / British English
‘We’ll give a free dinner to the person who tells the best story. Now, put up your hands if you agree.’ The pilgrims all held up their hands.
A group of pilgrims are travelling together for five days from London to Canterbury. On the way, each pilgrim has to tell a story to keep the others amused. Some stories are happy, and some are sad. But they all have a message, and we can learn from them.
The book provides an introduction to these new developments by anthologising some of the most important work in the field, including excerpts from book-length works, as well as articles from leading and innovative journals. The introduction to the volume examines in some detail the relation between the individual strengths of each of the above approaches and the ways in which a 'postmodernist' Chaucer is seen as reflecting them all.
This convenient single volume collection of key critical analyses of Chaucer, which includes work from some journals and studies that are not always easily available, will be indispensable to students of Medieval Studies, Medieval Literature and Chaucer, as well as to general readers who seek to widen their understanding of the forces behind Chaucer's writing.
The Canterbury Tales
The Book of the Duchess
The House of Fame
Anelida and Arcite
The Parliament of Fowls
Troilus and Criseyde
The Legend of Good Women
The Shorter Poems
A Treatise on the Astrolabe
The Romaunt of the Rose
Remarkable for his beauty and bravery, Troilus is an engaging youth--noble, sensitive, and pure-souled--who lives, and eventually dies, for Cressida, a virtuous, tenderhearted young woman driven to infidelity by circumstance.
Regarded by many as Chaucer's most noble work of art, Troilus and Cressida has long been praised by critics as the most perfect of his completed works. The volume is an outstanding choice for readers of mythology and medieval poetry.
Bernard O'Donoghue is one of the country's leading poets and medievalists. His accessible new selection includes a linking commentary on the chosen texts, together with a comprehensive line-for-line glossary that makes this the most approachable and accessible introduction to Chaucer that readers can buy.
This new edition includes a comprehensive introduction that summarizes some of the most important historical events and movements that defined the world of Chaucer and his pilgrims; two additional tales (Reeve’s and Shipman’s); introductions for each tale designed to prepare the reader for a better understanding and enjoyment of the tale; newly written and conveniently placed explanatory notes; and a new, more easily understood system for learning to pronounce Chaucerian Middle English.
From the Paperback edition.
So begins one of the earliest masterpieces of English literature, a collection of stories as much prized for the portraits of its story tellers as for the stories they tell — portraits that reveal much of the rich social fabric of 14th-century England. Now three of the most popular tales — along with the charming General Prologue have been selected for this edition: The Knight's Tale, The Miller's Prologue and Tale, and The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale.
Animated by Chaucer's sly humor, flair for characterization and wise humanity, the stories have been recast into modern verse that captures the lively spirit of the originals. Highly entertaining, they represent an excellent entree to the rest of The Canterbury Tales and to the pleasures of medieval poetry in general. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.