GEOFFREY CHAUCER (1343-1400) was England's most famous medieval poet and writer, sometimes called the father of English literature.
DAVID WRIGHT (1920-1994) was born in South Africa and died in England. He was a poet who drew inspiration from Beowulf and The Canterbury Tales, both of which he translated into modern English.
"A delight . . . [Raffel's translation] provides more opportunities
to savor the counterpoint of Chaucer's earthy humor against
passages of piercingly beautiful lyric poetry."--Kirkus
"Masterly . . . This new translation beckons us to make our own pilgrimage back to the very wellsprings of literature in our language." --Billy Collins
"The Canterbury Tales has remained popular for seven
centuries. It is the most approachable masterpiece of the medieval
world, and Mr. Raffel's translation makes the stories even more
inviting."--Wall Street Journal