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The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer, is part of the Barnes Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes Noble Classics New introductions commissioned froThe Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer, is part of the Barnes Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes Noble Classics New introductions commissioned from today s top writers and scholarsBiographies of the authorsChronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural eventsFootnotes and endnotesSelective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the workComments by other famous authorsStudy questions to challenge the reader s viewpoints and expectationsBibliographies for further readingIndices Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest Barnes Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences biographical, historical, and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works Pilgrims on their way to worship at the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket in Canterbury stop at the Tabard Inn Representing a cross section of medieval English society, the group includes a knight and his squire, a prioress, a friar, a miller, and a wife To amuse themselves on their journey, they agree that each will tell a tale These stories by turns bawdy, hilarious, scurrilous, romantic, heroic, and moving reveal a great deal about the tellers and the world they live in, which, despite the distance of six hundred years, seems remarkably like our own Indeed, the structure of The Canterbury Tales and the sophisticated, intricate interplay between the stories, their narrators, and the general narrator himself a complex comic character give the book its strikingly modern flavor Often called the first book of poetry written in English, Chaucer s masterpiece is also the first anthology of English short fiction, one that will resonate with readers for as long as folly and courage, deceit and generosity, love and jealousy remain part of the human personality Robert W Hanning is Professor of English at Columbia University, where he has taught since 1961 He has published The Vision of History in Early Britain, The Individual in Twelfth Century Romance, The Lais of Marie de France co translated with Joan Ferrante , and Castiglione the Ideal and the Real in Renaissance Culture co edited with David Rosand , as well as many articles on Chaucer s poetry and other medieval and Renaissance subjects Peter Tuttle s most recent poetry is Looking for a Sign in the West, published by Back Short in 2003.
Title: The Canterbury Tales Author: Geoffrey Chaucer Robert W. Hanning ISBN: 9781593083120 Page: 170 Format: Paperback