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The Canterbury Tales: Done Into Modern English Verse by Frank Ernest Hill  and Newly Revised for This Edition by  Geoffrey CHAUCER - Hardcover - 1974 - from Bluebird Books (SKU: 85554)

The Canterbury Tales: Done Into Modern English Verse by Frank Ernest Hill and Newly Revised for This Edition

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The Canterbury Tales: Done Into Modern English Verse by Frank Ernest Hill and Newly Revised for This Edition

by CHAUCER, Geoffrey

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Norwalk, Connecticut: The Heritage Press. Near Fine. 1974. Hardcover. The Canterbury Tales are a collection of 14th century poetic stories set against the backdrop of a pilgrimage to Canterbury. Originally written in Middle English, they have been rendered into modern English verse in this Heritage Press reprint edition by Frank Ernest Hill, who provides an introduction. This edition is not illustrated, but with attractive decorations at chapter heads. --- In bright red cloth-covered boards. Front cover with Chaucer facsimile signature, surrounded by elaborate frame; both in gilt. Gilt spine titling on crimson block. Volume housed in slipcase covered in red paper. Publisher's Sandglass flyer laid in (Norwalk, no. IIR: 39). --- With lightly sunned spine, otherwise a tightly-bound, clean, bright copy. Slipcase also with minor sunning, remains structurally intact.; Tall Octavo - 9 to 10 in. tall; xx, 550 pages .

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Geoffrey Chaucer was born in London, the son of a wine-merchant, in about 1342, and as he spent his life in royal government service his career happens to be unusually well documented. By 1357 Chaucer was a page to the wife of Prince Lionel, second son of Edward III, and it was while in the prince's service that Chaucer was ransomed when captured during the English campaign in France in 1359-60. Chaucer's wife Philippa, whom he married c. 1365, was the sister of Katherine Swynford, the mistress (c. 1370) and third wife (1396) of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, whose first wife Blanche (d. 1368) is commemorated in Chaucer's ealrist major poem, The Book of the Duchess . From 1374 Chaucer worked as controller of customs on wool in the port of London, but between 1366 and 1378 he made a number of trips abroad on official business, including two trips to Italy in 1372-3 and 1378. The influence of Chaucer's encounter with Italian literature is felt in the poems he wrote in the late 1370's and early 1380s – The House of Fame , The Parliament of Fowls and a version of The Knight's Tale – and finds its fullest expression in Troilus and Criseyde . In 1386 Chaucer was member of parliament for Kent, but in the same year he resigned his customs post, although in 1389 he was appointed Clerk of the King's Works (resigning in 1391). After finishing Troilus and his translation into English prose of Boethius' De consolatione philosophiae , Chaucer started his Legend of Good Women . In the 1390s he worked on his most ambitious project, The Canterbury Tales , which remained unfinished at his death. In 1399 Chaucer leased a house in the precincts of Westminster Abbey but died in 1400 and was buried in the Abbey.

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Bluebird Books US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
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Title
The Canterbury Tales: Done Into Modern English Verse by Frank Ernest Hill and Newly Revised for This Edition
Author
CHAUCER, Geoffrey
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Near Fine
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
The Heritage Press
Place of Publication
Norwalk, Connecticut
Date Published
1974
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