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The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales

(2009)
A Retelling
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A fresh, modern prose retelling captures the vigorous and bawdy spirit of Chaucer's classic

Renowned critic, historian, and biographer Peter Ackroyd takes on what is arguably the greatest poem in the English language and presents the work in a prose vernacular that makes it accessible to modern readers while preserving the spirit of the original.

A mirror for medieval society, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales concerns a motley group of pilgrims who meet in a London inn on their way to Canterbury and agree to take part in a storytelling competition. Ranging from comedy to tragedy, pious sermon to ribald farce, heroic adventure to passionate romance, the tales serve not only as a summation of the sensibility of the Middle Ages but as a representation of the drama of the human condition.

Ackroyd's contemporary prose emphasizes the humanity of these characters - as well as explicitly rendering the naughty good humor of the writer whose comedy influenced Fielding and Dickens - yet still masterfully evokes the euphonies and harmonies of Chaucer's verse. This retelling is sure to delight modern readers and bring a new appreciation to those already familiar with the classic tales.

 
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Hardback Editions

October 2009 : USA Hardback
Title: The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-670-02122-9 / 978-0-670-02122-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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Paperback Editions

July 2015 : Paperback
Title: The Canterbury Tales
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer, Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 1-5152-3557-2 / 978-1-5152-3557-6
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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March 2010 : UK Paperback
Title: The Canterbury Tales: A retelling by Peter Ackroyd (Penguin Classics)
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer, Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-14-144229-8 / 978-0-14-144229-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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Audio Editions

October 2011 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   

August 2009 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Canterbury Tales
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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August 2009 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Canterbury Tales
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Availability: Amazon UK   

August 2009 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: The Canterbury Tales
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-7531-4404-2 / 978-0-7531-4404-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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August 2009 : UK Audio CD
Title: The Canterbury Tales
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-7531-4405-0 / 978-0-7531-4405-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

August 2009 : UK MP3 CD
Title: The Canterbury Tales
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-7531-4406-9 / 978-0-7531-4406-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

August 2009 : UK MP3 CD
Title: The Canterbury Tales
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-7531-4407-7 / 978-0-7531-4407-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

October 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
Publisher: Viking
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