The Canterbury Tales - Peter Ackroyd, Geoffrey Chaucer & Ted Stearn

The Canterbury Tales

By Peter Ackroyd, Geoffrey Chaucer & Ted Stearn

  • Release Date: 2010-11-02
  • Genre: Classics
Score: 2.5
From 27 Ratings


"A romp for the ages" (Vanity Fair)—now with a graphic cover and deluxe packaging

Renowned novelist, historian, and biographer Peter Ackroyd takes on what is arguably the greatest poem in the English language and presents it in a prose vernacular that makes it accessible to readers while preserving the spirit of the original. A mirror for medieval society, The Canterbury Tales concerns a motley group of pilgrims who meet in a London inn on their way to Canterbury and agree to take part in a storytelling competition. Ackroyd's contemporary prose emphasizes the humanity of these characters-as well as explicitly rendering their bawdy humor-yet still masterfully evokes the euphonies and harmonies of Chaucer's verse.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.


  • Canterbury Tales

    By Coelacanth32
    Horrible translation with liberal and unnecessary use of vulgar language. Do not recommend using this translation.