Chaucer's Tale

Chaucer's Tale

1386 and the Road to Canterbury

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Penguin Putnam
A lively microbiography of Chaucer that tells the story of the tumultuous year that led to the creation ofThe Canterbury Tales

In 1386, Geoffrey Chaucer endured his worst year, but began his best poem. The father of English literature did not enjoy in his lifetime the literary celebrity that he
has todayfar from it. The middle-aged Chaucer was living in London, working as a midlevel bureaucrat and sometime poet, until a personal and professional
crisis set him down the road leading to The Canterbury Tales.

In the politically and economically fraught London of the late fourteenth century, Chaucer was swept up against his will in a series of disastrous events that would ultimately leave him jobless, homeless, separated from his wife, exiled from his city, and isolated in the countryside of Kentwith no more audience to hear the
poetry he labored over.

At the loneliest time of his life, Chaucer made the revolutionary decision to keep writing, and to write for a national audience, for posterity, and for fame.

Brought expertly to life by Paul Strohm, this is the eye-opening story of the birth one of the most celebrated literary creations of the English language.


Random House, Inc.
A lively microbiography of Chaucer that tells the story of the tumultuous year that led to the creation ofThe Canterbury Tales

In 1386, Geoffrey Chaucer endured his worst year, but began his best poem. The father of English literature did not enjoy in his lifetime the literary celebrity that he
has today—far from it. The middle-aged Chaucer was living in London, working as a midlevel bureaucrat and sometime poet, until a personal and professional
crisis set him down the road leading to The Canterbury Tales.

In the politically and economically fraught London of the late fourteenth century, Chaucer was swept up against his will in a series of disastrous events that would ultimately leave him jobless, homeless, separated from his wife, exiled from his city, and isolated in the countryside of Kent—with no more audience to hear the
poetry he labored over.

At the loneliest time of his life, Chaucer made the revolutionary decision to keep writing, and to write for a national audience, for posterity, and for fame.

Brought expertly to life by Paul Strohm, this is the eye-opening story of the birth one of the most celebrated literary creations of the English language.

Baker & Taylor
" A lively microbiography of Chaucer that tells the story of the tumultuous year that led to the creation of The Canterbury Tales. In 1386, Geoffrey Chaucer endured his worst year, but began his best poem. The father of English literature did not enjoy in his lifetime the literary celebrity that he has today-far from it. The middle-aged Chaucer was living in London, working as a midlevel bureaucrat and sometime poet, until a personal and professional crisis set him down the road leading to The CanterburyTales. In the politically and economically fraught London of the late fourteenth century, Chaucer was swept up against his will in a series of disastrous events that would ultimately leave him jobless, homeless, separated from his wife, exiled from his city, and isolated in the countryside of Kent-with no more audience to hear the poetry he labored over. At the loneliest time of his life, Chaucer made the revolutionary decision to keep writing, and to write for a national audience, for posterity, and for fame. Brought expertly to life by Paul Strohm, this is the eye-opening story of the birth one of the most celebrated literary creations of the English language"--

Baker
& Taylor

"A lively microbiography of Geoffrey Chaucer, the "father of English literature", focusing on the surprising and fascinating story of the tumultuous year that led to the creation of the Canterbury Tales"--
A concise portrait of the 14th-century poet traces how cultural, political, economic and personal events in 1386 London inspired the writing of The Canterbury Tales and Chaucer's literary ambitions. 25,000 first printing. Illustrations. Map(s).
A concise portrait of the fourteenth-century poet traces how cultural, political, economic, and personal events in 1386 London inspired the writing of "The Canterbury Tales" and Chaucer's literary ambitions.

Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, 2014
ISBN: 9780670026432
0670026433
Branch Call Number: Biography C393s
Characteristics: xv, 284 pages : color illustrations, maps (some color) ; 22 cm

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patcarstensen
Jun 21, 2015

All the things your English class didn't tell you -- the "frisky" sister-in-law, the morally complex job, the political perils, the solution Chaucer created to needing an audience for the tales he wanted to compose.

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