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Geoffrey Chaucer (1343–1400)

Autor(a) de The Canterbury Tales

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Geoffrey Chaucer, one of England's greatest poets, was born in London about 1340, the son of a wine merchant and deputy to the king's butler and his wife Agnes. Not much is known of Chaucer's early life and education, other than he learned to read French, Latin, and Italian. His experiences as a mostrar mais civil servant and diplomat are said to have developed his fascination with people and his knowledge of English life. In 1359-1360 Chaucer traveled with King Edward III's army to France during the Hundred Years' War and was captured in Ardennes. He returned to England after the Treaty of Bretigny when the King paid his ransom. In 1366 he married Philippa Roet, one of Queen Philippa's ladies, who gave him two sons and two daughters. Chaucer remained in royal service traveling to Flanders, Italy, and Spain. These travels would all have a great influence on his work. His early writing was influenced by the French tradition of courtly love poetry, and his later work by the Italians, especially Dante, Boccaccio, and Petrarch. Chaucer wrote in Middle English, the form of English used from 1100 to about 1485. He is given the designation of the first English poet to use rhymed couplets in iambic pentameter and to compose successfully in the vernacular. Chaucer's Canterbury Tales is a collection of humorous, bawdy, and poignant stories told by a group of fictional pilgrims traveling to the shrine of St. Thomas a Becket. It is considered to be among the masterpieces of literature. His works also include The Book of the Duchess, inspired by the death of John Gaunt's first wife; House of Fame, The Parliament of Fowls, and The Legend of Good Women. Troilus and Criseyde, adapted from a love story by Boccaccio, is one of his greatest poems apart from The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer died in London on October 25, 1400. He was buried in Westminster Abbey, in what is now called Poet's Corner. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales (0014) 21,955 exemplares
The Riverside Chaucer (1369) 1,936 exemplares
Troilus and Cressida (1374) 1,878 exemplares
Chanticleer and the Fox (1958) 1,593 exemplares
The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer (1400) 800 exemplares
The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling (2009) 529 exemplares
The Canterbury Tales: A Selection (1969) 302 exemplares
Chaucer's Major Poetry (1963) 251 exemplares
The Knight's Tale (1966) 138 exemplares
The Portable Chaucer (1949) 135 exemplares
The Canterbury Tales (2011) — Original work — 106 exemplares
The Parliament of Birds (1960) 100 exemplares
The Poetical Works of Chaucer (1882) 79 exemplares
Chaucer Reader (1950) 78 exemplares
The Franklin's Prologue and Tale (1966) 78 exemplares
The Miller's Tale (1983) 77 exemplares
The Legend of Good Women (1386) 53 exemplares
The Book of the Duchess (1532) 46 exemplares
The Franklin's Tale (1931) 40 exemplares
The prologue and three tales (1964) 39 exemplares
Selection from Chaucer (Greenlaw) (1907) 31 exemplares
Tales from Chaucer (1947) 28 exemplares
The House of Fame (2013) 23 exemplares
The Clerkes Tale of Oxenford (1923) 20 exemplares
Chaucer's dream poetry (1997) 20 exemplares
The Clerk's Prologue and Tale (1966) 17 exemplares
The Romaunt of the Rose (1999) 13 exemplares
Ridder Sox en Koekeloer (1956) 13 exemplares
Tales from Chaucer (1900) 11 exemplares
Selected Canterbury Tales (2002) 11 exemplares
The Canterbury Tales - Volume III (1380) 10 exemplares
The Prioress' Tale (1987) 9 exemplares
The Poems of Chaucer 8 exemplares
Troilus and Criseyde (Abridged) (1969) 8 exemplares
Chaucer 8 exemplares
The Merchant's Tale (1970) 8 exemplares
The Reeve's Tale 7 exemplares
The Parson's Tale (1995) 7 exemplares
The Wadsworth Chaucer (1986) 6 exemplares
Anelida and Arcite (1905) 6 exemplares
The manciple's tale (1984) 6 exemplares
An ABC 5 exemplares
A Choice of Chaucer's Verse (1972) — Autor — 4 exemplares
The Man of Law's tale (1969) 4 exemplares
The Summoner's Tale (1995) 4 exemplares
Poetry of the Age of Chaucer (1675) 3 exemplares
The Caterbury Tales 2 exemplares
Truth {poem} 2 exemplares
Concubine (e-book) (2009) 2 exemplares
The Shipman's Tale 2 exemplares
Gentilesse {poem} 2 exemplares
Lyrics And Allegory (1971) 1 exemplar
Short poems 1 exemplar
Persuasion 1 exemplar
A first Chaucer 1 exemplar
Verona (2013) 1 exemplar
Chaucer's Dream 1 exemplar
Chaucer's A.B.C. 1 exemplar
Boece 1 exemplar
Poetical Works 1 exemplar
The College Chaucer (2007) 1 exemplar
Chaucer´s Works (2018) 1 exemplar
A CHAUCER COLORING BOOK (1973) 1 exemplar
Canterbury tales (selected); (1970) 1 exemplar
The Court of Love 1 exemplar
The Miller's Tale 1 exemplar
Geoffrey Chaucer (1991) 1 exemplar
The Canterbury tales I & II (1966) 1 exemplar
The Monk's Tale 1 exemplar
Tale Of Sir Thopas 1 exemplar
Clásicos bruguera 1 exemplar
The Friar's Tale 1 exemplar
The Cook's Tale 1 exemplar
Great Books 22 1 exemplar
Works V (2016) 1 exemplar
December 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Contribuidor — 1,261 exemplares
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Contribuidor, algumas edições917 exemplares
English Poetry, Volume I: From Chaucer to Gray (1910) — Contribuidor — 543 exemplares
The Oxford Book of English Verse (1999) — Contribuidor — 472 exemplares
World Poetry: An Anthology of Verse from Antiquity to Our Time (1998) — Contribuidor — 447 exemplares
From the Tower Window (My Book House) (1932) — Contribuidor — 267 exemplares
Medieval English Lyrics: A Critical Anthology (1963) — Contribuidor — 195 exemplares
The Faber Book of Beasts (1997) — Contribuidor — 141 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Villains (1992) — Contribuidor — 136 exemplares
Major British Writers, Volumes I and II (1954) — Contribuidor — 122 exemplares
The Standard Book of British and American Verse (1932) — Contribuidor — 116 exemplares
Great Stories for Young Readers (1969) — Contribuidor — 91 exemplares
The Treasury of English Short Stories (1985) — Contribuidor — 85 exemplares
Heroic Fantasy Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2017) — Contribuidor — 82 exemplares
The Bedside Book of Famous British Stories (1940) — Contribuidor — 67 exemplares
A Book of Narrative Verse (1930) — Contribuidor — 63 exemplares
The Faber Book of Gardens (2007) — Contribuidor — 45 exemplares
Trilogy of Life: The Decameron / Canterbury Tales / Arabian Nights (1971) — Original book — 45 exemplares
Prose and Poetry for Appreciation (1934) — Contribuidor, algumas edições44 exemplares
Selected sonnets, odes, and letters (1966) — Tradutor, algumas edições39 exemplares
Spring: A Spiritual Biography of the Season (2006) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
Floure and the Leafe, the Assembly of Ladies, the Isle of Ladies (1990) — mis-attribution, algumas edições33 exemplares
The Canterbury Tales [1972 film] (1972) — Original book — 30 exemplares
Masters of British Literature, Volume A (2007) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Ellery Queen's Poetic Justice (1967) — Contribuidor, algumas edições18 exemplares
The Ribald Reader: 2000 Years of Lusty Love and Laughter (1906) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
The Fireside Book of Ghost Stories (1947) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
Trees: A Celebration (1989) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Men and Women: The Poetry of Love (1970) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
The tale of Gamelyn : from the Harleian ms. no. 7334, collated with six other mss. (1884) — Attribution, algumas edições7 exemplares
Discussions of the Canterbury Tales (1961) — Autor — 6 exemplares
Chaucer's Translation of Boethius's "De Consolatione Philosphiæ." (0014) — Tradutor, algumas edições5 exemplares
Famous Stories of Five Centuries (1934) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Die Aussprache des Chaucer- Englischen. (1998) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Spøgelseshistorier fra hele verden — Contribuidor, algumas edições3 exemplares
Great Poems from Chaucer to Whitman — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
El cuento literario (2008) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
The Court of Venus (1955) — mis-attribution, algumas edições1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum



OT: Chaucer collection goes online em Fine Press Forum (Outubro 2023)
LE Canterbury Tales em Folio Society Devotees (Junho 2023)
Kelmscott Chaucer em Fine Press Forum (Novembro 2022)


This is THE Chaucer book, it has everything plus helpful comments and annotations. I wish I had the time to read it front to back, but for now I only had the time to read some of the Tales and the Romaunt of the Rose.
adastra | 17 outras críticas | Jan 15, 2024 |
Joseph Glaser's translation of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales is wonderfully readable and entertaining. His translation makes the work easily accessible to modern readers providing a poetic rhythm and rhyme that hints of Chaucer's own poetry.

The Tales themselves range from the devout to the vulgarly humorous. Most delightful are the characters brought to life within the Tales.
M_Clark | 167 outras críticas | Dec 29, 2023 |
63. Troilus and Criseyde (Broadview Editions) by Geoffrey Chaucer
editors: James McMurrin Dean & Harriet Spiegel (2016)
OPD: 1385
format: 450-page oversized paperback with the original text and notes on the same page.
acquired: April 2022 read: (Aug 26) Sep 8 – Nov 19 time reading: 34:48, 4.6 mpp
rating: 5
genre/style: Middle English epic poetry theme: Chaucer
locations: Troy
about the author: Chaucer (~1342 – October 25, 1400) was an English poet and civil servant.

extended excerpts:
- Le Roman de Troie by Benoît de Sainte-Maure (c1160), translated from French by Robert K. Gordon (1934)
- Il Filostrato by Giovanni Boccaccio (c1340), translated from Italian by Robert K. Gordon (1934)
- The Testament of Cresseid by Robert Henryson (1532). Translated by the editors (2016)
- Metamorphoses by Ovid (7 ce), translated from Latin by Rolfe Humphries 1961
- Ars Amatoria (The Art of Love) by Ovid (3 bce), translated by Rolfe Humphries 1957
- The Consolation of Philosophy by Ancius Boethius (524), translated from Latin by Victor Watts (1969, 1999)
- On Love by Andreas Capellanus (c1190), translated from French by P.G. Walsh (1993)
- Romance of the Rose by Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun (c1230/c1275), translated from French by Charles Dahlberg (1971)
- Canzoniere Sonnet 132 by Francesco Petrarch (c1370), translated from Italian by A.S. Kline (2002)
- Commentary on Cicero's Dream of Scipio by Macrobius (c400), translated from Latin by William Harris Stahl (1952,1990,2009)
- excerpts from Lovesick in the Middle Ages: The Viaticum and Its Commentaries by Mary Wack (1990)
--- Viaticum by Constantine the African (1000s) - a Latin translation from Arabic of Zad Al Mussafir by Ibn Al Jazzar (900's)
--- Glosses on the Viaticum by Gerald of Berry (c1236), translated from Latin
--- Treatise on the Viaticum by Bona Fortuna (c1320), translated from Latin

Well. I can't possibly review this. What I can say is that this Broadview Press edition is fantastic. It has the original language with some spelling clarifications, along with notes. And Chaucer is readable enough today that that is enough information and allows the reader to enjoy the poetry, especially play of sound. I don't think Chaucer is readable without help (or extensive knowledge of the London dialect of Middle English).

Also, I really enjoyed this. It's a highlight of my year. I read it in the morning for 20 to 40 minutes and relished it, reading only six or so pages at a sitting. The plot is simple. The text is largely dialogue, one character speaking for pages at a time. I never felt in danger of getting lost and I never worried about breaking off at any point, or about pressing on until some conclusion.

Also, it's humor. I never felt the need to take anything seriously, even Chaucer's philosophical side points. This surprised me a little because everything I read about this led to me expect some deep Christian-era-friendly thoughts. This is supposed to be Chaucer's big serious effort at artistry and reputation. But this is funny, elegant and funny. And, also, it is not clean. The tone is always playful, as playful as the language.

I think the language and linguistic play is the main point here. I enjoyed this aspect so much.

The best character is Pandarus, the uncle of Criseyde and friend of Trojan prince, Troilus. He is a gamer through and through. The game is how to get his niece linked to the number one bachelor in Troy. I couldn't help imagining that Chaucer saw himself in Pandarus, but that's my impression. The character Troilus, meanwhile, is comically ridiculous. He's spineless and roiling in bed suffering from lovesickness. When Pandarus sets the world up for him, and the world is his in Book 3, he comes alive a little. He is thoroughly tragic in Book 4, and it's almost moving until we remember him in bed in back in the early books. Criseyde (maybe pronounced "Christ-eyed", but the pronunciation, based on the rhymes, seems ambiguous) is ultimately practical. She's a convincing lover, and I was left thinking I never got her right, that it was never clear where her true feelings lay. Somehow Pandarus makes the match, but he gets no benefit from it or its tragic end. The more Pandarus was present, the better Chaucer's writing was, in my opinion.

I wish I could conclude. One for the brave, thoroughly rewarding.

… (mais)
dchaikin | 5 outras críticas | Nov 23, 2023 |


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