The Resource Chaucer's tale : 1386 and the road to Canterbury, Paul Strohm

Chaucer's tale : 1386 and the road to Canterbury, Paul Strohm

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Chaucer's tale : 1386 and the road to Canterbury
Title
Chaucer's tale
Title remainder
1386 and the road to Canterbury
Statement of responsibility
Paul Strohm
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • A "microbiography of Chaucer that tells the story of the tumultuous year that led to the creation of The Canterbury Tales"--
  • This is the eye-opening story of the birth of one of the most celebrated literary creations of the English language. The middle-aged Chaucer did not enjoy the literary celebrity he has today--far from it. He was living quietly in London with a modest bureaucratic post, writing poetry for a small audience of intimate friends. For more than a decade, Chaucer had stayed precariously afloat in London's fierce factional politics. Aided by a strategic marriage and ties to the court of Richard II, he had enjoyed favor from two envied and despised men: the overbearing John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, and the unscrupulous wool profiteer and London Mayor, Nicholas Brembre. Suddenly, swept up by events beyond his own control, he lost it all. During the autumn of 1386 he was expelled from his London dwelling, humiliated in Parliament, pressured out of his job, and forced into exile in Kent. Unbroken by these worldly reversals, Chaucer pursued a new life in art. Cut off from his London audience, he invented a portable one--a tale-swapping pilgrim band. He converted his previously private literary career into a public one, in the grandest of terms. At the loneliest time of his life, Chaucer made the revolutionary decision to keep writing, to change the nature of what he was writing, and to write for a national audience, for posterity, and for fame.--From publisher description
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
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DLC
Dewey number
  • 821/.1
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PR1905
LC item number
.S77 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Chaucer's tale : 1386 and the road to Canterbury, Paul Strohm
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Chaucer's tale : 1386 and the road to Canterbury, Paul Strohm
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-277) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn870919601
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Dimensions
22 cm
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Extent
xv, 284 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780670026432
Lccn
2014004523
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
color illustrations, maps (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)870919601

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