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Beyond its importance as a cultural touchstone and literary work of unvarnished genius, Chaucer s unfinished epic poem is also one of the most beloved works in the English language and for good reason: It is lively, absorbing, perceptive, and outrageously funny an undisputed classic that has held a special appeal for generations of readers. Chaucer has gathered twenty-nine of literature s most indelible archetypes from the exalted Knight to the bawdy Wife to the besotted Miller to the humble Plowman in a vivid group portrait that captures the full spectrum of late-medieval English society and both informs and expands our discourse on the human condition.
Presented in these pages in a new unabridged translation by the esteemed poet, translator, and scholar Burton Raffel whose translation of Beowulf has sold more than a million copies this Modern Library edition also features an Introduction by the well-known and widely influential medievalist and author John Miles Foley that discusses Chaucer s work as well as to his life and times.
Despite the brilliance of Geoffrey Chaucer s work, the continual evolution of our language has rendered his words unfamiliar to many of us. Burton Raffel s magnificent new translation brings Chaucer s poetry back to life, ensuring that none of the original s wit, wisdom, or humanity is lost to the modern reader."