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  • May 2018
  • ISBN: 978-1-324-00056-3
  • 720 pages
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    The Canterbury Tales

    Seventeen Tales and the General Prologue

    Norton Critical Editions

    Third Edition

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    Geoffrey Chaucer (Author), V. A. Kolve (Editor, University of California, Los Angeles), Glending Olson (Editor, Cleveland State University)

     

    “This book has been more helpful to the students—both the better ones and the lesser ones—than any other book I have ever used in any of my classes in my more than a quarter century of university teaching.”
    —RICHARD L. KIRKWOOD, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire

    This Norton Critical Edition includes:

    • The medieval masterpiece’s most popular tales, including—new to the Third Edition—The Man of Law’s Prologue and Tale and The Second Nun’s Prologue and Tale.
    • Extensive marginal glosses, explanatory footnotes, a preface, and a guide to Chaucer’s language by V. A. Kolve and Glending Olson.
    • Sources and analogues arranged by tale.
    • Twelve critical essays, seven of them new to the Third Edition.
    • A Chronology, a Short Glossary, and a Selected Bibliography.

    About the Series


    Read by more than 12 million students over fifty-five years, Norton Critical Editions set the standard for apparatus that is right for undergraduate readers. The three-part format—annotated text, contexts, and criticism—helps students to better understand, analyze, and appreciate the literature, while opening a wide range of teaching possibilities for instructors. Whether in print or in digital format, Norton Critical Editions provide all the resources students need.

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    Two More Tales

    Newly included in this third edition, by popular demand, are the prologues and tales of the Man of Law and the Second Nun. 

    Items Unique to Norton Critical Edition

    Several translations appearing in Sources & Backgrounds were prepared for previous editions of this volume. 

    Pedagogical Aids

    · Marginal glosses of the Middle English
    · A guide to Chaucer's language
    · Sources and analogues arranged by tale
    · A glossary of common words in Chaucer's vocabulary 

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      Preface

      Chaucer’s Language

      Selections from The Canterbury Tales

      1. The General Prologue
      2. The Knight’s Tale
      3. The Miller’s Prologue and Tale
      4. The Reeve’s Prologue and Tale
      5. The Cook’s Prologue and Tale
      6. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale
      7. The Friar’s Prologue and Tale
      8. The Summoner’s Prologue and Tale
      9. The Clerk’s Prologue and Tale
      10. The Merchant’s Prologue and Tale
      11. The Franklin’s Prologue and Tale
      12. The Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale
      13. The Prioress’s Prologue and Tale
      14. The Prologue and Tale of Sir Thopas
      15. From The Prologue and Tale of Melibee
      16. The Nun’s Priest’s Prologue and Tale
      17. The Manciple’s Prologue and Tale
      18. From The Parson’s Prologue and Tale
      19. Chaucer’s Retraction—elevated from “Sources and Backgrounds”

      Sources and Backgrounds

      THE GENERAL PROLOGUE

      1. Giovanni Boccaccio, From the Decameron, First Day, Introduction
      2. Giovanni Boccaccio, From the Decameron, Tenth Day, Conclusion
      3. St. Augustine, [Human Life as a Pilgrimage]
      4. Sir William Thorpe, [On Pilgrimage]
      5. Thomas Wimbledon, [On the Estates]
      6. William Langland, [On Monks]
      7. John Gower, [On Monks]
      8. Wycliffite Estates Criticism

      THE MILLER’S PROLOGUE AND TALE

      1. The Three Guests of Heile of Bersele

      THE REEVE’S PROLOGUE AND TALE

      1. The Miller and the Two Clerics

      THE WIFE OF BATH’S PROLOGUE AND TALE

      1. Jean de Meun, From The Romance of the Rose
      2. Theophrastus, From The Golden Book on Marriage
      3. St. Jerome, From Against Jovinian
      4. Walter Map, From The Letter of Valerius to Ruffinus, against Marriage
      5. From the Gospel According to St. John
      6. From St. Paul to the Corinthians 1
      7. From St. Paul to the Ephesians
      8. From St. Paul to Timothy 1
      9. From St. Paul to Timothy 2
      10. John Gower, The Tale of Florent

      THE FRIAR’S PROLOGUE AND TALE

      1. Robert Rypon, A Greedy Bailiff

      THE CLERK’S PROLOGUE AND TALE

      1. Giovanni Boccaccio, From the Decameron, Tenth Day, Tenth Tale
      2. Francis Petrarch, The Story of Griselda
      3. Francis Petrarch, [Two Letters to Boccaccio]
      4. From Le Ménagierde Paris

      THE MERCHANT’S PROLOGUE AND TALE

      1. The Woman and the Pear-Tree

      THE FRANKLIN’S PROLOGUE AND TALE

      1. Giovanni Boccaccio, From the Decameron, Tenth Day, Fifth Tale
      2. Bartholomaeus Anglicus, [On Love and Marriage]

      THE PARDONER’S PROLOGUE AND TALE

      1. Jean de Meun, From The Romance of the Rose
      2. The Hermit, Death, and the Robbers
      3. Thomas of Cantimpré, From Liber de Apibus

      THE PRIORESS’S PROLOGUE AND TALE

      1. The Story of the Alma Redeptoris Mater
      2. A Miracle of Our Lady
      3. Alma Redemptoris Mater
      4. Pope Gregory X, [On Christian Mistreatment of Jews]

      THE PROLOGUE AND TALE OF SIR THOPAS

      1. From Guy of Warwick

      THE NUN’S PRIEST’S PROLOGUE AND TALE

      1. William Caxton, From Aesop’s Fables
      2. Marie de France, The Cock and the Fox
      3. From the Roman de Renart, Branch 2
      4. Macrobius, [On Dreams]
      5. Geoffrey of Vinsauf, [Lament on the Death of Richard I]
      6. Bartholomaeus Anglicus, [On the Cock]

      THE MANCIPLE’S PROLOGUE AND TALE

      1. Ovid, [The Story of Phoebus and Coronis]
      2. John Gower, The Tale of Phoebus and Cornide

      Criticism

      1. F.R.H. Du Boulay, The Historical Chaucer
      2. Arthur W. Hoffman, Chaucer’s Prologue to Pilgrimage: The Two Voices
      3. E. Talbot Donaldson, Chaucer the Pilgrim
      4. Barbara Nolan, “A Poet Ther Was”: Chaucer’s Voices in the General Prologue to The Canterbury Tales
      5. George Lyman Kittredge, [The Dramatic Principle of the Canterbury Tales]
      6. George Lyman Kittredge, [The Marriage Group]
      7. Lee Patterson, From The Parson’s Tale and the Quitting of the Canterbury Tales]
      8. Paul Strohm, From Social Chaucer: A Mixed Commonwealth of Style
      9. Carolyn Dinshaw, Eunuch Hermeneutics

      Geoffrey Chaucer: A Chronology

      Selected Bibliography