The Life of Geoffrey Chaucer A Critical Biography (Blackwell Critical Biographies, Vol 1) by Derek Albert Pearsall

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  • d. 1400,
  • Middle English, 1100-1500,
  • English Poetry,
  • Biography / Autobiography,
  • Biography/Autobiography,
  • Poets, English,
  • General,
  • Biography: general,
  • Chaucer, Geoffrey,
  • English,
  • Poetry & poets: classical, early & medieval,
  • c 1000 CE to c 1500,
  • Biography,
  • Chaucer, Geoffrey,

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The Physical Object
Number of Pages320
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Open LibraryOL8602420M
ISBN 101557862052
ISBN 109781557862051

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"Any book-length biography of Chaucer has to be the product of a highly creative imagination, for very little is known about the poets life. This one, highly readable, is fleshed out with a little history and a lot of intelligent and perceptive literary criticism."Cited by:   Quick Facts Name Geoffrey Chaucer Occupation Poet, Author Birth Date c.

Death Date Octo Place of Death London, United Kingdom. Synopsis; Early Life. Life of Chaucer For a brief chronology of Chaucer's life and times, click here. Geoffrey Chaucer led a busy official life, as an esquire of the royal court, as the comptroller of the customs for the port of London, as a participant in important diplomatic missions, and in.

This important new critical biography traces in carefully considered detail what is known of Geoffrey Chaucer's personal life while exploring the fascinating relationship between the man of affairs, who made so many 'improvisations and accommodations' to ensure his own survival, and the poet/5.

Geoffrey Chaucer, the outstanding English poet before Shakespeare. His The Canterbury Tales ranks as one of the greatest poetic works in English. He also contributed in the second half of the 14th century to the management of public affairs as courtier, diplomat, and civil servant.

Beyond 'The Canterbury Tales,' Geoffrey Chaucer's Life In This area was the centre of both the rosary-selling and the book-making trades. Chaucer’s life and his poetry were embedded in.

English poet, author, and courtier. Called the father of English poetry, Geoffrey Chaucer is ranked as one of the greatest poets of the late Middle Ages (C.

c.–). He was admired for his philosophy as well as for his poetic talents. His best-known works are The Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Criseyde. Early years and marriage. Geoffrey Chaucer was born between andprobably in London.

His father was a prosperous wine merchant. We do not know any details of his early life and education. In. Geoffrey Chaucer is universally accepted as the major English poet of the Middle Ages, author ofThe Canterbury Tales (), the long and ambitious romance Troilus and.

The facts about Geoffrey Chaucer's life are plentiful enough. It is the connections between the facts that seem to elude us--those subtle nuances of feeling & emotion that a biographer relies on The Life of Geoffrey Chaucer book paint a true, complete portrait/5.

GEOFFREY CHAUCER, English poet. The name Chaucer, a French form of the Latin calcearius, a shoemaker, is found in London and the eastern counties as early as the second half of the 13th of the London Chaucers lived in Cordwainer Street, in the shoemakers' quarter; several of them, however, were vintners, and among others the poet's father John, and.

Geoffrey Chaucer was born aroundprobably in London. (Like many details of Chaucer's life, it's impossible to verify either of these facts.) His parents were John and Agnes Copton Chaucer. John Chaucer was a successful wine merchant. The Chaucers were not wealthy, but they were well-to-do.

More importantly, they knew the right people. The characters, introduced in the General Prologue of the book, tell tales of great cultural relevance. The version read here was edited.

Geoffrey Chaucer was born into John Chaucer a vintner and deputy to the King. Chaucer, his family name is derived from the French word ‘chausseur’ meaning shoemaker.

As Chaucer was a public servant his life is well known with five hundred of his writings as a witness to his remarkable career. Geoffrey Chaucer (c. –25 October ) was an English writer, poet, and is most famous for writing Canterbury Tales which had 24 (Inappropriate) stories but was not completed.

He was one of the first writers to write in English. Geoffrey Chaucer (/ˈtʃɔːsər/; c. - 25 October ), known as the Father of English literature, is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages and was the first poet to be buried in Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey.

Geoffrey Chaucer occupies a unique position in the Middle Ages. He was born a commoner, but through his intellect and astute judgments of human character, he moved freely among the aristocracy. Although very little is definitely known about the details of his life, Chaucer was probably born shortly after Geoffrey Chaucer was born between the yearsthe son of John and Agnes (de Copton) Chaucer.

Chaucer was descended from two generations of wealthy vintners who had everything but a title and in Chaucer began pursuing a position at court. As a squire in the court of Elizabeth, Countess of Ulster, the wife of Lionel, Earl of Ulster (later Duke of.

The Life of Geoffrey Chaucer Geoffrey Chaucer is widely regarded as England’s greatest medieval poet and has been called the father of the English language. Despite a great deal of scholarship, the exact details of Chaucer’s life are far from clear.

Chaucer: A European Life serves as a compass that allows readers to traverse Chaucer’s London and Europe. At the same time, reading Turner’s book makes us aware of how much our own lives are shaped by the rooms we inhabit and the places we visit.

Geoffrey Chaucer Biography. Geoffrey Chaucer, now considered English literary royalty, did not have such lofty beginnings. He was born into a family of. Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, Vol.

VII: Chaucerian and Other Pieces, Being a Supplement to the Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer (in Seven Volu Geoffrey Chaucer $. The Canterbury Tales (Middle English: Tales of Caunterbury) is a collection of 24 stories that runs to o lines written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer between and InChaucer became Controller of Customs and Justice of Peace and, inClerk of the King's work.

It was during these years that Chaucer began working on his most famous text, Author: Geoffrey Chaucer. The Book of the Duchess and Other Poems Geoffrey Chaucer. The Book of the Duchess is a 1,line poem, the earliest of Chaucer's major poems.

It exists in several manuscripts of varying accuracy, and for the last one hundred years (beginning with W. Skeat in the s) it has been the task of editors.

The Life of Chaucer was not only a biography but a history of the cultural, social, and political background of Chaucer’s England” (St Clair, The Godwin’s and the Shelley’s, ).

“It is both entertaining and instructive” (Lowndes, ). First published in quarto in GEOFFREY CHAUCER was born in London, the son of a wine-merchant, in aboutand as he spent his life in royal and government service his career happens to be unusually well documented.

By 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 3/5(18). The Life and Writings of Geoffrey Chaucer. By: The Divine Comedy (or Commedia) of Dante Alighieri is a book for life.

In a brilliantly constructed narrative of his imaginary guided pilgrimage through the three realms of the Christian afterlife, Dante accomplished a literary task of astonishing complexity. In these twenty-four lectures, as. Begins Book of the Duchess.

Chaucer begins work on the Book of the Duchess, an elegy for noblewoman Blanche of Lancaster that is commissioned by her husband. It is completed bywhen her widower John of Gaunt pays Chaucer for the book. Geoffrey Chaucer -- the complete book list.

Browse author series lists, sequels, pseudonyms, synopses, book covers, ratings and awards. The Life of Geoffrey Chaucer. Video. by The Historian's Hut In addition to The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer also wrote The Book of the Duchess, ABC of the Virgin, House of Fame, The Parliament of Fowls, Troilus and Criseyde, and The Legend of the Saints of Cupid.

Geoffrey Chaucer (jĕf´rē chô´sər), c–, English poet, one of the most important figures in English literature. Life and Career The known facts of Chaucer's life are fragmentary and are based almost entirely on official records.

He was born in London between andthe son of John Chaucer, a vintner. The Life of Chaucer. For a brief chronology of Chaucer's life and times, click here.

Geoffrey Chaucer led a busy official life, as an esquire of the royal court, as the comptroller of the customs for the port of London, as a participant in important diplomatic missions, and in a. Geoffrey Chaucer was born in London, the son of a wine-merchant, in aboutand as he spent his life in royal government service his career happens to be unusually well 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 /5().

A document from the 14th century has emerged that sheds new light on the charge of “rape” brought against The Canterbury Tales author Geoffrey Chaucer in A cloud of suspicion has hung.

Chaucer, Geoffrey Geoffrey Chaucer was born aboutthe son of a rich wine merchant in London. Chaucer grew up in close contact with the royal 5/5(2). Marion Turner is associate professor of English at Jesus College, University of Oxford. Her book Chaucer: A European Life (Princeton, ) is the first biography of Geoffrey Chaucer written by a : Marion Turner.

More than any other canonical English writer, Geoffrey Chaucer lived and worked at the center of political life - yet his poems are anything but conventional. Edgy, complicated, and often dark, they reflect a conflicted world, and their astonishing diversity and innovative language earned Chaucer renown as the father of English literature.

Chaucer’s Canterbury Road. In Geoffrey Chaucer endured the worst year of his life, but he also made his best decision, or at least the decision for Author: Paul Strohm. Geoffrey Chaucer. Geoffrey Chaucer (ca. ) was one of the greatest poets of the late Middle Ages (C.

c.–) and is considered to be the father of English poetry. Chaucer was born in to a fairly upper-middle class family, probably in London, his father being a wine merchant and king's butler’s deputy.

Geoffrey Chaucer - Geoffrey Chaucer - Last years and The Canterbury Tales: Chaucer’s service as clerk of the king’s works lasted only from July to June During that tenure he was robbed several times and once beaten, sufficient reason for seeking a change of jobs. In June he was appointed subforester of the king’s park in North Petherton, Somerset, an office.

Chaucer’s Life. Many records of Chaucer’s life survive, but none refers to his career as a poet: these records, apart from the small number not then discovered, are presented in Crow and Olson Good summaries of Chaucer’s life can be found in The Riverside Chaucer (Benson [cited under Complete Works]), or in Gray A number of attempts have been made to .Geoffrey Chaucer ( – Octo ) was an English author, poet, philosopher, bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat.

Although he wrote many works, he is best remembered for his unfinished frame narrative The Canterbury mes called the father of English literature, Chaucer is credited by some scholars as the first author to demonstrate the artistic legitimacy.

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