Chaucer by Richard West
1340-1400: The Life and Times of the First English Poet

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Buoyantly blending biography with history and literary criticism, this engaging new life of Geoffrey Chaucer follows the career of a man whose courtly offices situated him at the center of cultural and political activity in medieval London and whose poetry, especially the masterwork The Canterbury Tales, became a primary force in the evolution of modern English.
 

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West has written over a dozen well-received history and travel books and biographies.
 
Published December 27, 2001 by Carroll & Graf. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction, Travel. Non-fiction

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For the 600th anniversary of Chaucer's death, biographer West (Daniel Defoe: The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures) concentrates more on the times than the life. Chaucer's era, which encompassed

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Over time, however, in the absence of anything concrete, three broad schools of thought have emerged about when Gower wrote the sequences: (1) the ballades are the product of a youthful Gower, his fancy tuned to fin' amour—an approach focusing almost exclusively on CB;

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