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Eminent poet, translator, and scholar Raffel presents a pitch-perfect new translation of the lively, absorbing, and outrageously funny "Canterbury Tales," in a new, unabridged version that ensures none of Chaucer's wit or wisdom is lost.
- ISBN-13: 9780679643555
- ISBN-10: 0679643559
- Publisher: Modern Library
- Publish Date: November 2008
- Page Count: 626
Series: Modern Library (Hardcover)
Translator Burton Raffel gives new life to Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. The epic poem has long been celebrated for its satiric wit and humor; together on a pilgrimage to Canterbury, 30 strangers pass the time by telling two stories apiece.
Raffel is a celebrated scholar whose previous translation of Beowulf has sold more than a million copies. Retaining the joy and irreverent fun of the original, he brings the Canterbury Tales' 14th-century Middle English to the 21st century. While many versions of the poem have existed, this edition is, in the truest sense, unabridged and complete; for the first time, stories such as "Melibe" and "The Parson's Tale" are translated in their entirety. The Canterbury Tales has entertained readers for centuries, and this handsome and beautifully done edition is the perfect gift for someone looking to add the best of the classics to their bookshelves.