Geoffrey Chaucer

Fourteenth-century author, poet, and civil servant Geoffrey Chaucer is best known for The Canterbury Tales, his major literary achievement. The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories as told by fictional pilgrims on their way to the cathedral at Canterbury. The work is remarkable for its use of the English vernacular and its realistic characters. The essays featured in this updated volume lucidly attest to the power, influence, and importance of Chaucer's writings.