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Chaucer's Tale : 1386 and the Road to Canterbury

Author: Paul Strohm
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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,
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Geoffrey Chaucer; Geoffrey Chaucer; Geoffrey Chaucer; Geoffrey Chaucer
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Strohm
ISBN: 9780670026432 0670026433 9780143127833 0143127837
OCLC Number: 870919601
Description: xv, 284 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Contents: Chaucer's crisis --
A married man --
Aldgate --
The wool men --
In Parliament --
The other Chaucer --
The problem of fame --
Kent and Canterbury --
Laureate Chaucer.
Responsibility: Paul Strohm.

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"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 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 of one of the most celebrated literary creations of the English language"--Provided by publisher.

"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"--Provided by publisher.

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Fun, readable Chaucer Scholarship

by vleighton (WorldCat user published 2015-07-07) Excellent Permalink

  This book is a mere 250 pages, is written in clear prose, and provides a current scholarly perspective on the life of Geoffrey Chaucer. It has changed my own understanding of Chaucer's relationship to his social context. References to scholarly work are tucked discreetly in the endnotes. Some...
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