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Geoffrey Chaucer

Autor/a de Contes de Canterbury

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Geoffrey Chaucer, one of England's greatest poets, was born in London about 1340, the son of a wine merchant and deputy to the king's butler and his wife Agnes. Not much is known of Chaucer's early life and education, other than he learned to read French, Latin, and Italian. His experiences as a mostra'n més civil servant and diplomat are said to have developed his fascination with people and his knowledge of English life. In 1359-1360 Chaucer traveled with King Edward III's army to France during the Hundred Years' War and was captured in Ardennes. He returned to England after the Treaty of Bretigny when the King paid his ransom. In 1366 he married Philippa Roet, one of Queen Philippa's ladies, who gave him two sons and two daughters. Chaucer remained in royal service traveling to Flanders, Italy, and Spain. These travels would all have a great influence on his work. His early writing was influenced by the French tradition of courtly love poetry, and his later work by the Italians, especially Dante, Boccaccio, and Petrarch. Chaucer wrote in Middle English, the form of English used from 1100 to about 1485. He is given the designation of the first English poet to use rhymed couplets in iambic pentameter and to compose successfully in the vernacular. Chaucer's Canterbury Tales is a collection of humorous, bawdy, and poignant stories told by a group of fictional pilgrims traveling to the shrine of St. Thomas a Becket. It is considered to be among the masterpieces of literature. His works also include The Book of the Duchess, inspired by the death of John Gaunt's first wife; House of Fame, The Parliament of Fowls, and The Legend of Good Women. Troilus and Criseyde, adapted from a love story by Boccaccio, is one of his greatest poems apart from The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer died in London on October 25, 1400. He was buried in Westminster Abbey, in what is now called Poet's Corner. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys
Crèdit de la imatge: Illustration from Cassell's History of England - Century Edition - published circa 1902.
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Obres de Geoffrey Chaucer

Contes de Canterbury (1380) 22,047 exemplars
The Riverside Chaucer (1369) 1,946 exemplars
Troilus and Cressida (1374) 1,893 exemplars
Chanticleer and the Fox (1958) 1,620 exemplars
The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer (1400) 802 exemplars
The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling (2009) 530 exemplars
The Canterbury Tales: A Selection (1969) 302 exemplars
Chaucer's Major Poetry (1963) 251 exemplars
Els contes de Canterbury (0014) 183 exemplars
The Knight's Tale (1966) 139 exemplars
The Portable Chaucer (1949) 135 exemplars
The Canterbury Tales (2011) — Original work — 106 exemplars
The Parliament of Birds (1960) 103 exemplars
The Poetical Works of Chaucer (1882) 79 exemplars
Chaucer Reader (1950) 78 exemplars
The Miller's Tale (1983) 77 exemplars
The Legend of Good Women (1386) 54 exemplars
The Book of the Duchess (1532) 47 exemplars
The Franklin's Tale (1931) 40 exemplars
The prologue and three tales (1964) 39 exemplars
Tales from Chaucer (1947) 28 exemplars
The House of Fame (2013) 24 exemplars
The Clerkes Tale of Oxenford (1923) 20 exemplars
Chaucer's dream poetry (1997) 20 exemplars
The Clerk's Prologue and Tale (1966) 18 exemplars
Ridder Sox en Koekeloer (1956) 13 exemplars
The Romaunt of the Rose (1999) 13 exemplars
Selected Canterbury Tales (2002) 11 exemplars
Tales from Chaucer (1900) 11 exemplars
The Prioress' Tale (1987) 9 exemplars
The Merchant's Tale (1970) 8 exemplars
Chaucer 8 exemplars
The Reeve's Tale 7 exemplars
The Parson's Tale (1995) 7 exemplars
Anelida and Arcite (1905) 7 exemplars
The Wadsworth Chaucer (1986) 6 exemplars
The manciple's tale (1984) 6 exemplars
An ABC 5 exemplars
A Choice of Chaucer's Verse (1972) — Autor — 5 exemplars
The Man of Law's tale (1969) 4 exemplars
The Summoner's Tale (1995) 4 exemplars
Poetry of the Age of Chaucer (1675) 3 exemplars
The Caterbury Tales 2 exemplars
Concubine (e-book) (2009) 2 exemplars
The Shipman's Tale 2 exemplars
Truth {poem} 2 exemplars
Gentilesse {poem} 2 exemplars
The Miller's Tale 1 exemplars
The Prioress's Tale 1 exemplars
Canterburysägner I 1 exemplars
The Court of Love 1 exemplars
Chaucer's Dream 1 exemplars
Chaucer's A.B.C. 1 exemplars
Poetical Works 1 exemplars
The College Chaucer 1 exemplars
Verona (2013) 1 exemplars
Persuasion 1 exemplars
The College Chaucer (2007) 1 exemplars
Chaucer´s Works (2018) 1 exemplars
Geoffrey Chaucer (1991) 1 exemplars
December 1 exemplars
Short poems 1 exemplars
Boece 1 exemplars
Lyrics And Allegory (1971) 1 exemplars
A CHAUCER COLORING BOOK (1973) 1 exemplars
Canterbury tales (selected); (1970) 1 exemplars
Works V (2016) 1 exemplars
Clásicos bruguera 1 exemplars
The Canterbury tales I & II (1966) 1 exemplars
The Cook's Tale 1 exemplars
Great Books 22 1 exemplars
A first Chaucer 1 exemplars
The Friar's Tale 1 exemplars
Tale Of Sir Thopas 1 exemplars
The Monk's Tale 1 exemplars

Obres associades

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Col·laborador — 1,266 exemplars
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions926 exemplars
English Poetry, Volume I: From Chaucer to Gray (1910) — Col·laborador — 544 exemplars
The Oxford Book of English Verse (1999) — Col·laborador — 475 exemplars
World Poetry: An Anthology of Verse from Antiquity to Our Time (1998) — Col·laborador — 450 exemplars
From the Tower Window (My Book House) (1932) — Col·laborador — 267 exemplars
Medieval English Lyrics: A Critical Anthology (1963) — Col·laborador — 195 exemplars
The Faber Book of Beasts (1997) — Col·laborador — 141 exemplars
The Oxford Book of Villains (1992) — Col·laborador — 136 exemplars
Major British Writers, Volumes I and II (1954) — Col·laborador — 122 exemplars
The Standard Book of British and American Verse (1932) — Col·laborador — 116 exemplars
Great Stories for Young Readers (1969) — Col·laborador — 91 exemplars
The Treasury of English Short Stories (1985) — Col·laborador — 85 exemplars
Heroic Fantasy Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2017) — Col·laborador — 82 exemplars
The Bedside Book of Famous British Stories (1940) — Col·laborador — 67 exemplars
A Book of Narrative Verse (1930) — Col·laborador — 64 exemplars
The Faber Book of Gardens (2007) — Col·laborador — 45 exemplars
Prose and Poetry for Appreciation (1934) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions44 exemplars
Selected sonnets, odes, and letters (1966) — Traductor, algunes edicions39 exemplars
Spring: A Spiritual Biography of the Season (2006) — Col·laborador — 34 exemplars
Floure and the Leafe, the Assembly of Ladies, the Isle of Ladies (1990) — mis-attribution, algunes edicions33 exemplars
The Canterbury Tales [1972 film] (1972) — Original book — 30 exemplars
Masters of British Literature, Volume A (2007) — Col·laborador — 21 exemplars
The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 4th Edition, Volume 1 (1974) — Col·laborador — 20 exemplars
The Ribald Reader: 2000 Years of Lusty Love and Laughter (1906) — Col·laborador — 18 exemplars
Ellery Queen's Poetic Justice (1967) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions18 exemplars
The Fireside Book of Ghost Stories (1947) — Col·laborador — 16 exemplars
Trees: A Celebration (1989) — Col·laborador — 13 exemplars
Men and Women: The Poetry of Love (1970) — Col·laborador — 8 exemplars
The tale of Gamelyn : from the Harleian ms. no. 7334, collated with six other mss. (1884) — Attribution, algunes edicions7 exemplars
Discussions of the Canterbury Tales (1961) — Autor — 6 exemplars
Chaucer's Translation of Boethius's "De Consolatione Philosphiæ." (0014) — Traductor, algunes edicions5 exemplars
Famous Stories of Five Centuries (1934) — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars
Die Aussprache des Chaucer- Englischen. (1998) — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars
Spøgelseshistorier fra hele verden — Col·laborador, algunes edicions3 exemplars
Great Poems from Chaucer to Whitman — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
El cuento literario (2008) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
The Court of Venus (1955) — mis-attribution, algunes edicions1 exemplars


Coneixement comú



OT: Chaucer collection goes online a Fine Press Forum (octubre 2023)
LE Canterbury Tales a Folio Society Devotees (juny 2023)
Kelmscott Chaucer a Fine Press Forum (novembre 2022)


24. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
edition: Broadview Editions, Second Edition, edited by Robert Boenig & Andrew Taylor (2012)
OPD: 1400
format: 503-page large paperback
acquired: April read: Dec 30, 2023 – Apr 27, 2024, time reading: 62:07, 7.4 mpp
rating: 5
genre/style: Middle English Poetry theme: Chaucer
locations: on the road from London to Canterbury
about the author: Chaucer (~1342 – October 25, 1400) was an English poet and civil servant.

Chaucer is tricky because he’s hard to read and his tales vary so much, they are hard to summarize or classify. There is a Boccaccio element to them, but it’s a very different experience. Like Boccaccio, one thing that stands out is Chaucer’s naughty stories – sex and farts and trickery, money and wealth often playing a central role. The plague also has a role. One of Chaucer's tales is about three youths who hunt for Death because he has killed so many, and tragically find what they’re looking for. But what makes Chaucer most stand out from Boccaccio are the tellers of the tales. In Boccaccio, the ten youths are all of a class and many of them blend together, hard to differentiate. Chaucer’s tale is a social mixture – good and bad, wealthy and common. They are each distinct, wonderfully distinct, so much so that they, the tellers, stand out way more in memory than the tales themselves. These characters come out in the story prologues and there is simply more creativity, more social commentary, more insight into this medieval world than anything the stories themselves can accomplish, no matter how good the stories are. The Merchant’s Tale, my favorite, includes many references and wonderful debate between Hades and Persephone, a battle of the sexes. But it doesn’t touch on the Wife of Bath’s 1000-line prologue on being a wife to five men and all the experiences and judgments and justifications within, it’s not even close. She’s the best, but the Miller comes in early, drunkenly inserting this tale of sex and fart jokes, and bringing the whole level of content down. The Miller says, "I wol now quite the Knightes tale!" The knight has just told a more proper Boccaccio-inspired tale. By "quiting", the Miller means he his giving him some payback, getting back at him. (His tale has thematic consistency, but with common characters, farts and sex.) And the Cook’s tale is so awfully improper that it hasn’t been preserved, or maybe Chaucer only wrote 50 lines. Later, the Cook will throw up and fall off his horse. The Canon’s Yeoman exposes his own canon’s alchemy and trickery, getting fired on the spot before he tells his tale. This is all quite terrific stuff in and of itself, a rowdy uncontrolled mixture of societal levels, and mostly humorous confrontations (notably in a post-plague era of social mobility).

The other thing Chaucer does that Boccaccio doesn’t do in the Decameron, is write in verse. This is special all by itself. If you have read excerpts of Chaucer, there's a fair chance that like me you have been bewildered by it. It’s a weird language, oddly drawn out, then oddly compressed, obscuring the meaning, jamming in a weird accent. It doesn't make for great quotes or easy visits. But if you get deep into it, focus hard on it, something happens. It becomes magical, inimical, and lush in sound and freedom, the random inconsistent spelling as beautiful as the random inconsistent and sometimes heavily obscured phrasing. It also becomes recognizable. The more you read it, the more sense it makes. Although I was never able to scan it. Show me a page of Chaucer, and I’m immediately lost in indecipherable letters. I have to begin to read it and find the flow before it comes to life.

I find it interesting, but not inappropriate, that when Chaucer is discussed, it’s almost always his opening lines that are quoted - Whan that Aprill with hise shoures soote/The droghte of March had perced to the roote/And bathed every veyne in swich liquor/Of which vertu engendered is the flour What’s interesting is that Chaucer really doesn’t write that beautifully anywhere else. His language is generally much tamer and less trying, the rhythm more casual.

Last year I read [Troilus and Criseyde] and was enraptured in the language. There is no question the language there is better than here. And is drawn out, as he stays with long monologues that go pages and pages, the reader lost in the rhythms. This here is just not quite like that. Yes, he gets carried away a lot. But it’s always a little jerky and bumpy. There are monologues, but these are story telling monologues, with quick-ish plots. While I liked staying in the Merchant’s Tale, the writing clearly elevated and interesting, it was not the same. But T&C is both made and limited by its singular story. The Canterbury Tales expands on its cacophony of voices. The stories for me actually fade. But the prologues leave such lush impressions, they are somehow so real, and charming and Discworld-ish, and uncontained. It’s a much more powerful thing in my head.

As many know, I read this every morning beginning with April’s shoures soote on January 1. And, with the exception of the prose tales, the Tale of Melibee and The Pardoner’s Tale, it was always the best part of my day. The same could be said for T&C last year. I’ll miss being lost in this. A really special experience, and special gift to English speakers and the language's history.

… (més)
dchaikin | Hi ha 168 ressenyes més | Apr 28, 2024 |
This is THE Chaucer book, it has everything plus helpful comments and annotations. I wish I had the time to read it front to back, but for now I only had the time to read some of the Tales and the Romaunt of the Rose.
adastra | Hi ha 17 ressenyes més | Jan 15, 2024 |
Joseph Glaser's translation of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales is wonderfully readable and entertaining. His translation makes the work easily accessible to modern readers providing a poetic rhythm and rhyme that hints of Chaucer's own poetry.

The Tales themselves range from the devout to the vulgarly humorous. Most delightful are the characters brought to life within the Tales.
M_Clark | Hi ha 168 ressenyes més | Dec 29, 2023 |


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