The Selected Canterbury Tales: A New Verse Translation

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In the tradition of Seamus Heaney's Beowulf and Marie Borroff's Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Sheila Fisher's The Selected Canterbury Tales is a vivid, lively, and readable translation of the most famous work of England's premier medieval poet. Preserving Chaucer's rhyme and meter and faithfully articulating his poetic voice, Fisher makes Chaucer's tales accessible to a contemporary ear while inviting readers to the Middle English original on facing pages.

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Overview

In the tradition of Seamus Heaney's Beowulf and Marie Borroff's Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Sheila Fisher's The Selected Canterbury Tales is a vivid, lively, and readable translation of the most famous work of England's premier medieval poet. Preserving Chaucer's rhyme and meter and faithfully articulating his poetic voice, Fisher makes Chaucer's tales accessible to a contemporary ear while inviting readers to the Middle English original on facing pages.

Renowned for its astute character portraits (from the chivalrous Knight to the assertive Wife of Bath), timeless themes, realistic representations of fourteenth-century English life, and sheer energy of storytelling, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales should be available to everyone, in all the richness of its meaning and meter. Choosing fourteen tales that range from the high style of courtly romance to raunchy ramblings and examples of religious zeal gone astray, Fisher does justice to Chaucer's masterwork in a way sure to attract a new audience of modern readers.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - BookSmack!
Chaucer's old saw has been terrorizing students seemingly forever, and it gets a new verse translation here by Trinity College professor Fisher. Her jazzier update is on the right-hand page, while Chaucer's original script is on the left. More for the academics; the price is doable. — Mike Rogers, "Classic Returns," Booksmack! 1/6/11
New Republic
“In setting the scene for an informed understanding of Chaucer and his background, Fisher shows herself a true professional.”— Peter Green
Peter Green - New Republic
“In setting the scene for an informed understanding of Chaucer and his background, Fisher shows herself a true professional.”
Warren Ginsberg
“Sheila Fisher's vibrant new verse translation captures in contemporary English the rhymes, the rhythms, the wit, the earnestness, and the game of the best-known Canterbury Tales.”
New Republic - Peter Green
“In setting the scene for an informed understanding of Chaucer and his background, Fisher shows herself a true professional.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393079456
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/25/2011
  • Pages: 738
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheila Fisher is an English professor and associate academic dean at Trinity College. She lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction and Background xv

A Chaucerian Lexicon xlvii

The General Prologue 3

The Knight's Tale 61

The Miller's Prologue a Tale 195

The Reeve's Prologue and Tale 243

The Cook's Prologue and Tale 275

The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale 285

The Clerk's Prologue and Tale 367

The Merchant's Prologue and Tale 457

The Franklin's Prologue and Tale 535

The Pardoner's Prologue and Tale 591

The Prioress's Prologue and Tale 637

The Prologue and Tale of Sir Thopas and The Prologue to the Tale of Melibee 657

The Nun's Priest's Prologue and Tale 681

The Parson's Prologue and Chaucer's Retraction 727

Suggestions for Further Reading 737

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

    Great translation!

    I had to read a significant chunk of Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" in a literature class, and I wasn't doing so great because of the original Middle English syntax. In the apex of my despair, I decided to look for a modern translation to help me out, and I found the help I needed in this book.

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