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The Book of the Duchess (Hesperus Classics) [Paperback]

By Geoffrey Chaucer, Bernard O'Donoghue (Foreward By) & E. B. Richmond (Translator)
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Pages   94
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.67" Width: 5.28" Height: 0.36"
Weight:   0.32 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 28, 2007
Publisher   Hesperus Press
ISBN  1843911574  
EAN  9781843911579  


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The earliest of Chaucer's major works, this charming and absorbing dream-poem is traditionally read as an allegorical elegy for Blanche of Lancaster, John of Gaunt's first wife. A sleepless poet lies in his bed, reading the legend of Ceyx and Alcyone, wishing that he might be granted rest. He finally falls asleep, only to have a beautiful vision. Dreaming himself in a chamber with stained glass windows that portray the tale of Troy, the poet hears the sound of a hunting party, which he hurries to join. When the hunt disbands, he follows a small dog into a forest, where he meets a black knight, mourning the loss of his love. The poet cannot understand the exact nature of the knight's grief until the very end of his dream, when he wakes, book still in hand. Reluctant to forget such a wonderful dream, he determines to put it down in verse.





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More About Geoffrey Chaucer, Bernard O'Donoghue & E. B. Richmond

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Geoffrey Chaucer was born in London, the son of a wine-merchant, in about 1342, and as he spent his life in royal government service his career happens to be unusually well documented. By 1357 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 English campaign in France in 1359-60. Chaucer's wife Philippa, whom he married c. 1365, was the sister of Katherine Swynford, the mistress (c. 1370) and third wife (1396) of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, whose first wife Blanche (d. 1368) is commemorated in Chaucer's ealrist major poem, The Book of the Duchess.
From 1374 Chaucer worked as controller of customs on wool in the port of London, but between 1366 and 1378 he made a number of trips abroad on official business, including two trips to Italy in 1372-3 and 1378. The influence of Chaucer's encounter with Italian literature is felt in the poems he wrote in the late 1370's and early 1380s - The House of Fame, The Parliament of Fowls and a version of The Knight's Tale - and finds its fullest expression in Troilus and Criseyde.

In 1386 Chaucer was member of parliament for Kent, but in the same year he resigned his customs post, although in 1389 he was appointed Clerk of the King's Works (resigning in 1391). After finishing Troilus and his translation into English prose of Boethius' De consolatione philosophiae, Chaucer started his Legend of Good Women. In the 1390s he worked on his most ambitious project, The Canterbury Tales, which remained unfinished at his death. In 1399 Chaucer leased a house in the precincts of Westminster Abbey but died in 1400 and was buried in the Abbey.

Nevill Coghill (1899-1980) held many appointments at Oxford University. His translation of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde is also published by Penguin Classics.

Geoffrey Chaucer was born in 1343 and died in 1400.

Geoffrey Chaucer has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Bantam Classics
  2. Clothbound Classics
  3. Dover Thrift Editions
  4. Enriched Classics (Simon & Schuster)
  5. Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics
  6. Modern Library Classics (Paperback)
  7. Norton Critical Editions
  8. Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)
  9. Penguin Classics
  10. Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions
  11. Puffin Classics
  12. Sparknotes No Fear Shakespeare
  13. Viking Portable Library


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