The Canterbury Tales: Fifteen Tales and the General Prologue

Geoffrey Chaucer V.A. Kolve Glending Olson


The Canterbury Tales: Fifteen Tales and the General Prologue

The Canterbury Tales: Fifteen Tales and the General Prologue

  • Title: The Canterbury Tales: Fifteen Tales and the General Prologue
  • Author: Geoffrey Chaucer V.A. Kolve Glending Olson
  • ISBN: 9780393925876
  • Page: 236
  • Format: Paperback



Each is presented in the original language, with normalized spelling and substantial annotations for modern readers Among the new added to the Second Edition are the much requested Merchant s Tale and the Tale of Sir Thopas Sources and Backgrounds are included for the General Prologue and for most of the tales, enabling students to understandThe Canterbury Tales inEach is presented in the original language, with normalized spelling and substantial annotations for modern readers Among the new added to the Second Edition are the much requested Merchant s Tale and the Tale of Sir Thopas Sources and Backgrounds are included for the General Prologue and for most of the tales, enabling students to understandThe Canterbury Tales in light of relevant medieval ideas and attitudes and inviting comparison between Chaucer s work and his sources Criticism includes nine essays, four of them new to this edition, by leading Chaucerians, among them F R H DuBoulay, E Talbot Donaldson, Barbara Nolani, and Lee Patterson A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.


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Writing a "review" of The Canterbury Tales is difficult, not because the book/collection isn't worthy of a review, but because it is so widely variant and has so many nuances to be discussed. For those who don't know, The Canterbury Tales is a book containing a bunch of stories told by individuals traveling together on a pilgrimage to Canterbury. The book is written in the late 1300s with the pilgrimage set in the same basic time. It begins with a "General Prologue" providing a description of ea [...]

I enjoyed Chaucer, especially the Knight’s Tale. There is a study to be done on rival views of marriage in the Tales, though I am not inclined to do it. What more struck me was the consistency of happy endings. There is one tale in which a prince marries a commoner, then tests her love by pretending to kill their children to see if she will continue to submit to him. He lets years pass, and the people come to hate him while she continues to love him. At this point, the Tale felt like something [...]

I suppose it's a crime for an English Lit major to say this, but I'm not the biggest fan ever of Chaucer. We're studying the General Prologue, The Reeve's Tale and The Franklin's Tale, and none of it inspires me with great love. Just mostly indifference. I do like the way Chaucer plays with words.This edition is great because of all the supporting material, like the analogues and some essays.

Maybe one two many fart jokes for me, but it was still good!

Ok, so, this is another one of those authors you should really just skip if you're not a huge literature geek.I read this in the original old English, which was well, not to put too fine a point on it, pretty freaking hard. I mean, you get into the language after a while, and it runs a little more smoothly, but still. Definitely not light bedtime reading.For me, reading "The Canterbury Tales" was chiefly interesting in an historical, literary sense. The tales themselves are too dated in their i [...]

Since I was hanging around Kent and had been walking the ancient pilgrimage route, I thought I should get to know its most famous literary product. I finally found this book in a charity shop in Canterbury itself, and it seemed perfect - while it only contains fifteen of the tales (and some of those excerpts), fully half the book is made up of contextual information and analysis, so I could truly understand the work.I was a little intimidated at first at the idea of reading in Middle English, bu [...]

Gadzooks! I've finished the Canterbury Tales.I found it best to read it aloud until I was comfortable with the Middle English, once the rhyme patterns start to get established it's much easier to read because the brain predicts what the couplet should end with even if it's spelled in unexpected ways. (I don't know how well this would work if you don't have an English accent to start with). I also used Google enpedia/wiki/The_Cant, reading the synopsis first so that I knew the outline before read [...]

Did not read all of this, but read the a good bit of it for a class. I'm so glad I read it in a class as well. Certain tales are more enjoyable than others, but it truly is remarkable how enjoyable it still is to read today. The Middle English gets easier to read the further you get into it, and the way Chaucer works with language is remarkable and subversive. I read the General Prologue, the Knight's Tale, the Miller's Tale, the Wife of Bath's Tale, the Pardoner's Tale, and the Nun's Priest's T [...]

Chaucer's Canterbury Tales provide a vivid and powerful glimpse into the past--reading them is like entering a literary time machine. The selected excerpts are presented in Middle English with pronunciation hints and New English explanations. As well there are plenty of notes and references to aid in understanding.The book begins with an introduction explaining the editors' sources and reasoning, and goes into the Prologue relating to the tales they have chosen.A nice bonus is that this Norton C [...]

The Canterbury Tales is one of the greatest works in English language. Through this masterpiece, Geoffrey Chaucer provide us this remarkable co-existence of different points of view, portraying the diversity that happen in real life among different people and important insights about life in the middle ages. For being a collection of distinct stories, it may give the idea that each piece should be approached individually. However, the unifying components found throughout the tales indicate that [...]

Chaucer is hilarious! This is the story of an interesting group that is going on a pilgrimage and on the way make a game of telling stories. The best story told will get a free dinner on the return of their trip. The Miller's tale is my favorite, had me on the floor laughing. Crude, rude, and just plain funny. The average reader might want to find a text written in modern English as middle English can be hard to master. But if your up to the challenge I promise after a bit you will get used to i [...]

Read for ENG 346A. I feel like I'm cheating a little here because I have to review some of the tales (and all of the analogues -- damn you, Boccaccio!) for the exam, but classes ended today, so it seemed like a good time. At least one of those stars is for my professor, who is fantastic and who, particularly when it comes to letting me talk him into the ground, has the patience of a saint. (Were it not for him, I'd be taking away one of those stars for the Reeve, who makes me physically ill.)

This man wrote the bookd taught the class. As a grad student, I had the honor of taking a Chaucer class with Glending Olsen, this author, at Cleveland State University. He had a command of the OE language (Chaucer's original version is included alongside the translation, which makes this book a real find) as well as a wealth of knowledge about the life and times of Chaucer. I have a signed copy--a prized memento from my college years. Fabulous book!

Wonderful edition of a true classic which preserves the original text and adds extensive explanations so that a modern reader can enjoy it. English is not my native language and I was surprised about a couple of similarities to German, especially Low-German. Very interesting and exciting to see how the meaning of words has changed over time.I had some fun moments trying to read the poems aloud to get a feeling for the medieval English and the rhymes. My neighbours were quite amused. :-)

I highly recommend reading (at least some of) Canterbury Tales in the original Middle English, along with Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Middle English has such a fun sing-song element to it, and I love the rampant alliteration. It's also intriguing to see the English language at this period of development; it cleared up some misconceptions I had and opened my eyes about certain word origins (e.g fortnight makes a lot more sense when spelled as fourteniht).

It's ribald, penetrating. Interesting not only for Chaucer's expertly veiled critique of 14th century England, but increasingly so in light of his having read it before the court. To think that he criticized the very crown before him without the other having the slightest idea of it is almost impossible to believe. In fact, did I invent that history?

I love the Cantebury Tales, but was not pleased with this Norton Critical Edition. The footnotes and gloss were not the best I've read on Cantebury Tales and missed key things other versions I've seen have covered. Also, the accompanying critical and contextual sources missed pieces I would have liked to seen. I had professors who refused to use this version when teaching and now I see why.

Enjoyable if you allow it to be! I have read this several times and the last time I read it, we analyzed it so closely that I had to read baisc summaries of the storylines. I do not know if it was the specific analogous, simple, and modern-day language summaries, or the particular analysis I was doing, but they are GREAT tales and can be really funny. You have to allow them to be!

I actually love the Canterbury Tales. It's obviously challenging to read sometimes but the glosses in this version helped me out quite a bit. Chaucer has a masterpiece here and his stories are funny, witty, and quite unique. Read for my Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton class.

I love this book. The middle english is hard to get used to at first, but then it becomes easier. These are fun stories written by an amazing poet. Well worth the effort, and a valuable glimpse into medieval life.

Surprisingly, this is funnier in Middle English than in our English. It's harder to read certainly, but it's funnier that way. And listening to a lecture on this was definitely eye-opening in terms of understanding the book better. Thanks Hillsdale!

The format of this edition is, without a doubt, the best way to read Chaucer: the original Middle English, with a gloss of unfamiliar words in the margin. It's a pity it feels the need to miss out six of them with no explanation, or even a note to flag up the lacuna.

Fiction,Classic literature

I read this for a British Literature course. It was great to talk about and I feel like I had accomplished some sort of literary benchmark by reading this.

Read this book for my Chaucer class when I was at NIU. I'm re-reading this because it influenced the book I'm currently reading-Hyperion.

Totally worth the confusion of reading in Middle English, as funny and perplexing as you'd hope. I'd happily spend a career frolicking with Chaucer.

I can't add much to what others have said of Chaucer, so I'll just list my favorites: "The Franklin's Tale", "The Clerk's Tale", "The Miller's Tale", "The Friar's Tale", and "The Knight's Tale".

After Prof. Jager pointed out the frame structure, it became a lot easier to get through it. I liked the Miller's Tale the best, but it was still pretty tedious. Whew!

I don't have a whole lot more to say other than <3I actually found the Middle English utterly accessible. Definitely has a solid space on my Best Ever list.

Is there really a review worthing enough of the father of the english language and poetry?


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