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The Canterbury Tales: Fifteen Tales and the General Prologue [Paperback]

Geoffrey Chaucer , V. A. Kolve , Glending Olson
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Aug. 1 2005 0393925870 978-0393925876 2
The most admired of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales are presented here in the original language but with spelling and annotations for modern readers. Sources and background information are included for the General Prologue and for most of the tales, enabling students to understand them in the light of relevant mediaeval ideas and attitudes. Nine critical essays are featured, along with a chronology and selected bibliography.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Starting Place July 21 2012
By Aaron
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Here's the index:

Preface

Chaucer's Language

Selections from The Canterbury Tales

The General Prologue
The Knight's Tale
The Miller's Prologue and Tale
The Reeve's Prologue and Tale
The Cook's Prologue and Tale
The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
The Friar's Prologue and Tale
The Summoner's Prologue and Tale
The Clerk's Prologue and Tale
The Merchant's Prologue and Tale
The Franklin's Prologue and Tale
The Pardoner's Prologue and Tale
The Prioress's Prologue and Tale
The Prologue and Tale of Sir Thopas
From The Prologue and Tale of Melibee
The Nun's Priest's Prologue and Tale
The Manciple's Prologue and Tale
From The Parson's Prologue and Tale
Chaucer's Retraction--elevated from "Sources and Backgrounds"

Sources and Backgrounds

THE GENERAL PROLOGUE
Giovanni Boccaccio, From the Decameron, First Day, Introduction
Giovanni Boccaccio, From the Decameron, Tenth Day, Conclusion
St. Augustine, [Human Life as a Pilgrimage]
Sir William Thorpe, [On Pilgrimage]
Thomas Wimbledon, [On the Estates]
William Langland, [On Monks]
John Gower, [On Monks]
Wycliffite Estates Criticism

THE MILLER'S PROLOGUE AND TALE
The Three Guests of Heile of Bersele

THE REEVE'S PROLOGUE AND TALE
The Miller and the Two Clerics

THE WIFE OF BATH'S PROLOGUE AND TALE
Jean de Meun, From The Romance of the Rose
Theophrastus, From The Golden Book on Marriage
St. Jerome, From Against Jovinian
Walter Map, From The Letter of Valerius to Ruffinus, against Marriage
From the Gospel According to St. John
From St. Paul to the Corinthians 1
From St.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music to the ear June 12 2008
By dottikins - Published on Amazon.com
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Why the Norton edition -- which preserves these tales in their original Middle English dialect -- over the modernised versions of Chaucer's classic stories? Because it's only in their original form that they retain the poetry and power of Chaucer's intent. I read these stories with a professor who could passably read Middle English and it was a revelation. Before, with translated versions, I had never quite understood why Chaucer was considered so great, so necessary to the canon. Hearing them in the original form, I suddenly understood. The tales are funny, dirty, odd stories (like an English version of "The Decameron") told in striking, blood-stirring rhyme and rhythm. Hearing them read aloud was like music to the ear. Which makes the smoothed-over versions feel flat and dead to the ear.

Buy this edition. Try to learn enough Middle English to get along. Discover for yourself the power of Chaucer's poetry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars He wrote the book! Jan. 30 2014
By Alynn J. Mahle - Published on Amazon.com
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Glending Olsen, the author, was an amazing professor at Cleveland State University while I was a grad student. I took his Chaucer class, and we used this text. He had a real knack for the OE language and an understanding for Chaucer's world and life. It was a genuine pleasure to be in the class. He signed my book; it is something I will always treasure.
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting April 7 2014
By Zack C. Hornbuckle - Published on Amazon.com
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Chaucer is a language unto himself it would seem. However he was a great author and well worth the time to read. This was a well made book, it hasn't fallen apart yet anyway, and is worth sharing with others
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Canterbury Tales Nov. 20 2012
By Joanne Swartzberg - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent version of this classic. The footnotes, introductions and end notes are all very useful. I really enjoyed reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book. Nov. 2 2013
By Sonya Walker - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book for my son. He said it was a good book, and it helped him with whatever he needed it for.
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