The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales

Book - 2003
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'Nevill Coghill's easy, seductive translation ensures that this, the most popular work in English Literature - now 600 years old - will run through yet more centuries' Melvyn Bragg

In The Canterbury Tales Chaucer created one of the great touchstones of English literature. A storytelling competition within a group of pilgrims from all walks of life is the occasion for a series of tales that range from the Knight's account of courtly love and the ebullient Wife of Bath's Arthurian legend to the ribald anecdotes of the Miller and the Cook. This masterly and vivid modern English verse translation retains all the vigour and poetry of Chaucer's fourteenth-century Middle English.

Translated by NEVILL COGHILL

Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books, 2003, c1977.
ISBN: 9780140424386
Characteristics: xvii, 504 p. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Coghill, Nevill 1899-


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Jun 14, 2020

very good

Feb 06, 2020

This review based on Coghill's translation - highly recommended. A treasure of storytelling and an invaluable record of the medieval mind.

Jul 16, 2012

Very, VERY difficult to read. The writing style is challenging to a point of nearly frustrating.


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