The Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales

By Geoffrey Chaucer

  • Release Date: 1982-02-01
  • Genre: Poetry
Score: 3
From 13 Ratings


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 Tales gathers 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.

This new edition includes a comprehensive introduction that summarizes some of the most important historical events and movements that defined the world of Chaucer and his pilgrims; two additional tales (Reeve’s and Shipman’s); introductions for each tale designed to prepare the reader for a better understanding and enjoyment of the tale; newly written and conveniently placed explanatory notes; and a new, more easily understood system for learning to pronounce Chaucerian Middle English.


  • Limitations of ePub in this book

    By ttpilot
    I have the paperback version of this book. Like a few other translated volumes, it makes use of the original text on the left page and the translation on the right. This is a great format if you are interested in working through the original. I bought this ePub version out of curiosity, to see how iBooks would handle the dual texts. It solves it by printing a verse or two in the original followed by the modern text. While it works to a degree, the reader must flip back and forth a lot. This is a shortcoming of ebook formats such as ePub: they're not designed with any sort of layout but instead are designed to flow like a web page (which is essentially what they are). I guess I'll have to stick to the hardcopy versions for this type of book. Maybe they'll develop a two-column format for ePub some day.