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Geoffrey Chaucer
Bloom, Harold.
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Broomall, PA : Chelsea House, 1999.
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112 pages ; 24 cm.
The Canterbury tales -- The general prologue -- The knight's tale -- The wife of Bath's tale -- The pardoner's tale.
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Each book in the Bloom''s Major Poets series covers three to six poems offering a variety of viewpoints by different critics on the important aspects of each work. These guides introduce critical analysis to students of poetry.'

Author Notes

Harold Bloom was born on July 11, 1930 in New York City. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell in 1951 and his Doctorate from Yale in 1955.

After graduating from Yale, Bloom remained there as a teacher, and was made Sterling Professor of Humanities in 1983. Bloom's theories have changed the way that critics think of literary tradition and has also focused his attentions on history and the Bible. He has written over twenty books and edited countless others. He is one of the most famous critics in the world and considered an expert in many fields. In 2010 he became a founding patron of Ralston College, a new institution in Savannah, Georgia, that focuses on primary texts.

His works include Fallen Angels, Till I End My Song: A Gathering of Last Poems, Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life and The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of The King James Bible.

(Bowker Author Biography)



Referring to Chaucer as the major literary artist in the English language aside from Shakespeare, Bloom examines The Canterbury Tales. Also in this edition, Bloom specifically examines Knight's Tale and Wife of Bath's Tale along with its prologue. Excerpted from Geoffrey Chaucer by Harold Bloom All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Harold BloomE. Talbot DonaldsonRobert Worth Frank, Jr.Richard NeuseManuel AguirreMichael A. CalabreseEileen JankowskiBarrie Ruth StrausJohn FinlaysonMartin CamargoJohn M. Hill
Editor's Notep. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Ending of "Troilus"p. 15
The Prologue to The Legend of Good Womenp. 31
Epic Theater: The Comedy and The Canterbury Tales (The Knight and the Miller)p. 53
The Riddle of Sovereigntyp. 87
New Armor for the Amazons: The Wife of Bath and a Genealogy of Ovidianismp. 101
Chaucer's Second Nun's Tale and the Apocalyptic Imaginationp. 137
Reframing the Violence of the Father: Reverse Oedipal Fantasies in Chaucer's Clerk's, Man of Law's, and Prioress's Talesp. 159
Chaucer's Shipman's Tale, Boccaccio, and the "Civilizing" of Fabliaup. 175
Time as Rhetorical Topos in Chaucer's Poetryp. 193
The Countervailing Aesthetic of Joy in Troilus and Criseydep. 211
Chronologyp. 231
Contributorsp. 239
Bibliographyp. 243
Acknowledgmentsp. 249
Indexp. 251