9780143106173

The Canterbury Tales A Retelling by Peter Ackroyd (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

  • ISBN 13:

    9780143106173

  • ISBN 10:

    0143106171

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/02/2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics

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Summary

"A romp for the ages" (Vanity Fair)-now with a graphic cover and deluxe packaging Renowned novelist, historian, and biographer Peter Ackroyd takes on what is arguably the greatest poem in the English language and presents it in a prose vernacular that makes it accessible to readers while preserving the spirit of the original. A mirror for medieval society, The Canterbury Talesconcerns a motley group of pilgrims who meet in a London inn on their way to Canterbury and agree to take part in a storytelling competition. Ackroyd's contemporary prose emphasizes the humanity of these characters-as well as explicitly rendering their bawdy humor-yet still masterfully evokes the euphonies and harmonies of Chaucer's verse.

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