Troilus and Criseyde

Overview

Often called the first great English novel, Troilus and Cressida, a tragic love story set during the siege of Troy, is Chaucer's masterpiece. Troilus, a valiant warrior, is scornful of love until he catches a glimpse of Cressida. With the help of his friend and her uncle Pandarus, Troilus wins Cressida over. But their happiness is destroyed when, summoned to a Greek camp, Cressida seeks the protection of one Diomede and ultimately betrays Troilus.
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Often called the first great English novel, Troilus and Cressida, a tragic love story set during the siege of Troy, is Chaucer's masterpiece. Troilus, a valiant warrior, is scornful of love until he catches a glimpse of Cressida. With the help of his friend and her uncle Pandarus, Troilus wins Cressida over. But their happiness is destroyed when, summoned to a Greek camp, Cressida seeks the protection of one Diomede and ultimately betrays Troilus.
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Apparently a reprint of a 1989 edition of the poem for beginning Chaucer readers, based on A. C. Baugh's 1963 . Shoaf includes many marginal glosses, extensive annotations, a brief glossary of frequently occurring difficult words, and an introduction that sets the literary and historical context. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140442397
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1971
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 501,217
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

R. A. Shoaf is Alumni Professor of English in the University of Florida, has published ten books, including The Poem as Green Girdle: 'Commercium' in 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight' (Florida, 1984), Milton, Poet of Duality (Florida, 1993), and Thomas Usk: 'The Testament of Love' (Kalamazoo, 1998). He has twice held Fellowships of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and he has won six teaching awards in the University of Florida and the Southeastern Region of the MLA in the past 10 years.

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  • Posted November 16, 2008

    Okay

    This book was good but i've read better. I thought the writting was good but it just didn't keep me interested. Try reading Chaucer and War by John Pratt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2002

    New Approach to Courtly Love

    Chaucer creates a new approach to the tradition of courtly love in medieval French and English literature. A master of style, he brilliantly shows the complexity of love and also the folly inherent in courtly love. A great read, funny and sad with beautiful language.

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