The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer: A Selection

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Chaucer, Geoffrey
Hastings, Selina
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1988
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This is a large-format book with pleasant illlustrations that are a combination of contemporary (with Chaucer) and primitive. There is in them, for example, no attempt at depth or dimensionality. In the beginning T of C, characters who tell the stories are seated on horseback. Each of sesven gets an introduction as well as a tale. The selection is, I believe, good: Knight, Miller, Reeve, Nun's Priest, Pardoner, Wife of Bath, and Franklin tell their tales. The story of The Nun's Priest's Tale is faithful to Chaucer's version but excises a number of the medical and scientific authorities that Chanticleer and Pertelote quote to each other. One good illustration, on 47, shows Chanticleer side by side with Pertelote. A final illustration has the fox glaring up at Chanticleer, now safely ensconced in a tree (51).
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