What Books Did Geoffrey Chaucer Write?


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Geoffrey Chaucer wrote several poems that were collected into books, including "Troilus and Criseyde," "Book of the Duchess," and "The Canterbury Tales." Some of his other poems were released individually or in small sets, but they did not qualify as books.

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Geoffrey Chaucer's most famous work is "The Canterbury Tales," in which a group of travelers tell one another tales to pass the time while they take a pilgrimage. The book includes a prologue and tales by a knight, a miller, a reeve, a cook, a friar, a man of law, a parson, a nun, a pardoner, a prioress and the Wife of Bath. The poems were originally written in Middle English, which varies greatly from Modern English. Many readers prefer to read a translation of the works to reading the original text because of these variances. In some editions of the book, the translated text and the Middle English appear side by side so that readers have a guide that allows them to grasp the English as it was written then and to understand the language and the humor of Chaucer's most famous work. Though he had many positions in court, Chaucer is no longer mentioned in the record starting in approximately 1400, and many consider his death to have been near that date.

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