Understanding The Canterbury Tales (Understanding Great Literature)

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Discusses the life of Geoffrey Chaucer and the historical context, plot, themes, characters, and literary devices of his work.

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Grade 8 Up-This clearly written book begins with background on Chaucer, followed by a description of life during the Middle Ages. Other chapters offer information on the pilgrims as characters and summaries of their tales. "Literary Devices and Themes" explores themes of love and marriage, human foolishness, and the roles of Chaucer and the host. An "Appendix of Criticism" includes more than 20 excerpts of writings from the last 40 years. Notes, suggestions for essays, a four-page chronology, and an annotated list of works consulted complete the book. Average-quality, black-and-white reproductions and photos are sprinkled throughout. Although this title is not as in-depth as Margaret Hallissy's A Companion to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (Greenwood, 1995) or similar academic works, it would be a helpful supplement to most collections.
Pat Bender, The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, PA
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