Publisher description for The Canterbury tales / by Geoffrey Chaucer ; edited by A. Kent Hieatt and Constance Hieatt ; selected, with translations, a critical introduction, and notes by the editors.
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Lively, absorbing, often outrageously funny, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales is a work of genius, an undisputed classic that has held a special appeal for each generation of readers. The Canterbury Tales gather twenty-nine of literature's most enduring (and endearing) characters in a vivid group portrait that captures the full spectrum of medieval society, from the exalted Knight to the humble plowman. A graceful modren translation facing each page of the text allows the contemporary reader to enjoy the fast pace of these selections from The Canterbury Tales with the poetry of the Middle English original always at first hand.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages Poetry