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- KurzbeschreibungA lively, concise biography of the father of English literature and the tumultuous year that led to The Canterbury Tales At the beginning of 1386, Geoffrey Chaucer-lauded today as the father of English literature-was a middle-aged Londoner with a modest bureaucratic post; his literary successes had been confined to a small audience of intimate friends. But by year's end, he was swept up in a series of disastrous events that would ultimately leave him jobless, homeless, separated from his wife, and exiled in the countryside of Kent. Unbroken by these worldly reversals, Chaucer pursued a new life in art. In this highly accessible social history, Paul Strohm, one of the finest medievalists of our time, vividly recreates the bustle of everyday life in fourteenth-century London while he unveils the fascinating story behind Chaucer's journey from personal crisis to rebirth as the immortal poet of The Canterbury Tales .
- AutorPaul Strohm
- VerlagPenguin Books Ltd
- Seiten304 Seiten
- Gewicht253 g
- LeseprobeINTRODUCTION<br>Chaucer's Crisis<br>Geoffrey Chaucer often wrote about reversals of Fortune. One of his most frequent literary themes is the impact of sudden turning points and transformations, blows of fate that alter or upend a situation. Some of his characters withstand such changes, and even find ways to turn them to their own advantage. His Knight, for example, muses upon a young man's cruelly arbitrary death and still counsels his survivors to find ways of seeking joy after woe. The Knight's proposed remedy is one that will recur several times in Chaucer's poetry:
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