Books by Geoffrey Chaucer

THE CANTERBURY TALES by Geoffrey Chaucer
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Not quite the achievement that the Divine Comedy was, but a work that finds an artistic common denominator for Chaucer and Chwast."
As a follow-up of sorts to his illustrated Dante's Divine Comedy (2010), graphic artist Chwast embraces a kindred spirit in Chaucer. Read full book review >
THE CANTERBURY TALES by Geoffrey Chaucer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 2009

"A not-very-illuminating updating of Chaucer's Tales."
Continuing his apparent mission to refract the whole of English culture and history through his personal lens, Ackroyd (Thames: The Biography, 2008, etc.) offers an all-prose rendering of Chaucer's mixed-media masterpiece. Read full book review >
THE CANTERBURY TALES by Geoffrey Chaucer
Released: Nov. 18, 2008

Burton Raffel has made two key decisions in his rendition of Chaucer's greatest work. While most editions stick to the half-dozen or so best-known stories—the raunchy "Miller's Tale" and the proto-feminist "Wife of Bath's Tale" being the most popular with contemporary readers—Raffel offers modern English versions of even such unfinished fragments as "The Squire's Tale" and such often-skipped sections as "The Parson's Tale." Few today will be burning to hear from the longwinded parson, but in general this unabridged edition is a delight. It lets you appreciate the masterful way Chaucer unifies his stylistically and topically diverse stories with a few overarching themes: the proper relationship between man and woman (the answer's not what you'd expect from a 14th-century civil servant), the role of the clergy (they're only human in his realistic portraits), the all-powerful impact of chance on our destinies. Having the full text also enables readers to enjoy the sly way Chaucer toys with them, allowing his raconteurs to interrupt their narratives with such tantalizing phrases as, "but nothing like that can be included here." The unabridged edition provides more opportunities to savor the counterpoint of Chaucer's earthy humor against passages of piercingly beautiful lyric poetry. Read full book review >
THE CANTERBURY TALES by Geoffrey Chaucer
Released: Nov. 18, 2008

Burton Raffel has made two key decisions in his rendition of Chaucer's greatest work. While most editions stick to the half-dozen or so best-known stories—the raunchy "Miller's Tale" and the proto-feminist "Wife of Bath's Tale" being the most popular with contemporary readers—Raffel offers modern English versions of even such unfinished fragments as "The Squire's Tale" and such often-skipped sections as "The Parson's Tale." Few today will be burning to hear from the longwinded parson, but in general this unabridged edition is a delight. It lets you appreciate the masterful way Chaucer unifies his stylistically and topically diverse stories with a few overarching themes: the proper relationship between man and woman (the answer's not what you'd expect from a 14th-century civil servant), the role of the clergy (they're only human in his realistic portraits), the all-powerful impact of chance on our destinies. Having the full text also enables readers to enjoy the sly way Chaucer toys with them, allowing his raconteurs to interrupt their narratives with such tantalizing phrases as, "but nothing like that can be included here." The unabridged edition provides more opportunities to savor the counterpoint of Chaucer's earthy humor against passages of piercingly beautiful lyric poetry. Read full book review >
CHANTICLEER AND THE FOX by Geoffrey Chaucer
Released: Sept. 15, 1958

Adapted from the Chaucer, this is the fable of the vain but wise Cock and the crafty fox. Told in tasteful but simplified language, Barbara Cooney conveys the wisdom and charm of this story both through her discriminating use of language and her stylized illustrations which show the influence of illuminated manuscripts. A story which needs no defense, handled here with respect and facility. Read full book review >