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Canterbury Tales and Other Poems

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Published: 14th century
Language: English
Wordcount: 277,328 / 860 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 92.3
LoC Category: PN
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 55,503
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Origin: gutenberg.org

"The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer at the end of the 14th century. The tales are told as part of a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travel together on a journey from Southwark to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. In a long list of works, including "Troilus and Criseyde", "House of Fame", "Parliament of Fowls", the Canterbury Tales is Chaucer's magnum opus, and a towering achievement of Western culture."--Wikipedia

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THE HOUSE OF FAME
TROILUS AND CRESSIDA
CHAUCER'S DREAM [1]
THE PROLOGUE TO THE LEGEND OF GOOD WOMEN
CHAUCER'S A.B.C.
MISCELLANEOUS POEMS

Transcriber's Note.

  1. Modern scholars believe that Chaucer was not the author of these poems.

PREFACE.

THE object of this volume is to place before the general reader our two early poetic masterpieces -- The Canterbury Tales and The Faerie Queen; to do so in a way that will render their "popular perusal" easy in a time of little leisure and unbounded temptations to intellectual languor; and, on the same conditions, to present a liberal and fairly representative selection from the less important and familiar poems of Chaucer and Spenser. There is, it may be said at the outset, peculiar advantage and propriety in placing the two poets side by side in the manner now attempted for the first time. Although two

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.5 from 2 reviews: *****
2010.10.03
*****

One of the earliest classics, written in Middle English which makes it very hard to follow.

2010.01.19
Dexter
****.

Wow. Absolutely killer tales. Show the murky, repressed side of the society of Chaucer's Age when pardoners and churchmen awed the populace. Chaucer has a tongue-in-cheek treatment for every anomaly in existence.


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