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The Comic Tales of Chaucer T.W. Craik

The Comic Tales of Chaucer

T.W. Craik

Published 1964
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Hardcover
156 pages
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This is the first book to deal wholly with Chaucers comic tales. Each of the eight chapters is a critical appreciation of one or more of the tales, these being: the Millers- the Reeves- the Shipmans- the Nuns Priests- Sir Thopas, the Cooks,MoreThis is the first book to deal wholly with Chaucers comic tales. Each of the eight chapters is a critical appreciation of one or more of the tales, these being: the Millers- the Reeves- the Shipmans- the Nuns Priests- Sir Thopas, the Cooks, and the Canons Yeomans- the Friars- the Summoners- and the Merchants. The individual tales are not, however, discussed in isolation, but always with reference to the others, and (to a lesser degree) to Chaucers poetry as a whole. By this comparison and analysis, Dr. Craik shows some general features of Chaucers many-sided art: in particular, he considers Chaucer as a story-teller and a poet, and he regards the tales, not primarily as expressions of the pilgrims personalities (the usual view), but as comic narrative poems in their own right.This book is intended not only for professional students of literature, but also for the common reader who already enjoys Chaucers poetry and humour and who wishes to add to his enjoyment.