Very Good. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall 0192875957 Paperback Peprabck. Geoffrey Chaucer, for most of his life an active and responsible official in the service of the King of England-first Edward III and then Richard II-was the indisputable found of the English literary tradition. His decision to write for a court audience in English, rather than in socially fashionable French or learned Latin, was in itself remarkable, and by doing so he established the standigng of Middle English as a literary medium. In this lucid and original book, Professor Kane makes Charucer accessible to the general reader, both as a man and as a poet. He shows how Chaucer absorbed, and in many ways surpassed, the new italian culture represented by Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio. Here he found a novel conception of the status and function of the poet which he set out to realize in himself: an artist above all, but also a man of letters and a moral philosopher. 122 pp. (We carry a wide selection of titles in The Arts, Theology, History, Politics, Social and Physical Sciences. academic and scholarly books and Modern First Editions, and all types of Academic Literature. )
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