The Portable Chaucer

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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 ...
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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.
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“The most successful translations of Chaucer’s poetry that I have ever seen.”—Chicago Tribune
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670213108
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1976
  • Series: Portable Library
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 20.00 (w) x 20.00 (h) x 20.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Chaucer was born in London, the son of a wine-merchant, in about 1342, and as he spent his life in royal government service his career happens to be unusually well documented. By 1357 Chaucer was a page to the wife of Prince Lionel, second son of Edward III, and it was while in the prince's service that Chaucer was ransomed when captured during the English campaign in France in 1359-60. Chaucer's wife Philippa, whom he married c. 1365, was the sister of Katherine Swynford, the mistress (c. 1370) and third wife (1396) of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, whose first wife Blanche (d. 1368) is commemorated in Chaucer's ealrist major poem, The Book of the Duchess.

From 1374 Chaucer worked as controller of customs on wool in the port of London, but between 1366 and 1378 he made a number of trips abroad on official business, including two trips to Italy in 1372-3 and 1378. The influence of Chaucer's encounter with Italian literature is felt in the poems he wrote in the late 1370's and early 1380s – The House of Fame, The Parliament of Fowls and a version of The Knight's Tale – and finds its fullest expression in Troilus and Criseyde.

In 1386 Chaucer was member of parliament for Kent, but in the same year he resigned his customs post, although in 1389 he was appointed Clerk of the King's Works (resigning in 1391). After finishing Troilus and his translation into English prose of Boethius' De consolatione philosophiae, Chaucer started his Legend of Good Women. In the 1390s he worked on his most ambitious project, The Canterbury Tales, which remained unfinished at his death. In 1399 Chaucer leased a house in the precincts of Westminster Abbey but died in 1400 and was buried in the Abbey.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Suggested Readings and Other Aids

THE CANTERBURY TALES

Prologue The Knight's Tale Prologue to the Miller's Tale The Miller's Tale Prologue to the Reeve's Tale The Reeve's Tale Prologue to the Cook's Tale The Words of the Host to the Company Prologue to the Lawyer's Tale Epilogue to the Lawyer's Tale The Words of the Host to the Shipman and Prioress Prologue to the Prioress's Tale The Prioress's Tale Prologue to "Sir Topaz"
Sir Topaz The Host's Interruption of "Sir Topaz"
Epilogue to the Tale of Melibeus The Knight's Interruption of the Monk's Tale The Nun's Priest's Tale Epilogue to the Nun's Priest's Tale Prologue to the Wife of Bath's Tale The Wife of Bath's Tale Prologue to the Friar's Tale The Friar's Tale Prologue to the Summoner's Tale The Summoner's Tale Prologue to and Conclusion of the Student's Tale Chaucer's Envoy Prologue to the Merchant's Tale The Merchant's Tale Epilogue to the Merchant's Tale Epilogue to the Squire's Tale Prologue to the Franklin's Tale The Franklin's Tale The Words of the Host to the Physician and Pardoner Prologue to the Pardoner's Tale The Pardoner's Tale Prologue to the Manciple's Tale Prologue to the Parson's Tale Chaucer's Retractation

TROILUS AND CRESSIDA
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SELECTIONS AND SHORT POEMS
from The Book of the Duchess
from The House of Fame, Book II from The Bird's Parliament
from the Prologue to the Legend of Good Women
Nobility Truth Lack of Steadfastness Chaucer's Envoy to Bukton Chaucer's Words to Adam, His Own Copyist Chaucer's Complaint to His Purse Chaucer's Envoy to Scogan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2000

    Not exactly complete

    Although the description of this book boasts complete, it isn't. Rather, some tales are complete and some are paraphrased explainations of the rest of the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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