The Canterbury Tales

" 'Tis sufficient to say, according to the proverb, that here is God's plenty."

That's how the poet John Dryden described The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer's 14th-century masterpiece in which pilgrims, representing a cross-section of English society, take turns telling tales as they travel together from London to a saint's shrine in Canterbury.

Now, in a translation by Ronald L. Ecker and Eugene J. Crook that has become widely adopted as a college course text, students as well as general readers are provided with:

"It is difficult to imagine anyone doing a better job than Ecker and Crook."--Choice

Enjoy a Canterbury Tales excerpt, featuring Chanticleer and the fox, or go to the complete online edition.

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