The Selected Canterbury Tales: A New Verse Translation

The Selected Canterbury Tales: A New Verse Translation

by Geoffrey Chaucer, Sheila Fisher
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The Selected Canterbury Tales: A New Verse Translation by Geoffrey Chaucer

"A truly remarkable achievement." —Barry Unsworth

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, Fisher makes these tales accessible to a contemporary ear while inviting readers to the Middle English original on facing pages. Her informative introduction highlights Chaucer’s artistic originality in his memorable portrayals of surprisingly modern women and men from across the spectrum of medieval society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393084184
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/02/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 800
File size: 637 KB

About the Author

Sheila Fisher is a professor of English at Trinity College. She lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

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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November-Owl More than 1 year ago
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.