Published by The Folio Society, London, 1998.
The book is in excellent condition with the publisher's beautiful crimson linen wrapping spine with front and back panels covered in cream-yellow Art Vellum with "GC" gilt-stamped in a decorative gilt oval centered on front panel. The book is within its crimson slipcase which has no damage.
David Wright's acclaimed verse translation (orig. 1964) of 'The Canterbury Tales' was this one-volume edition of the Wright translation has woodcut frontispiece illustrations for each Tale. This edition shows the precise, unerring, delicately emphatic characterisations for which 'The Canterbury Tales' is so famous are no more extraordinary than Chaucer's utter mastery of English rhythms and his effortless versification.
Ranging from animal fables to miniature epics of courtly love and savagely hilarious comedies of sexual comeuppance, these stories told by pilgrims on the way to the shrine of Thomas a Becket in Canterbury reveal a teeming, vital fourteenth-century English society on the verge of its Renaissance. These tales bring together a band of pilgrims who represented most of the occupations and social groups of the time. The diversity of the narrators in turn made possible a varied collection of tales including chivalric romance, spiritual allegory, courtly lay, beast fable and literary satire.
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
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