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Geoffrey Chaucer of England

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  6 reviews
A delightful book which introduces Chaucer as more than the author of Canterbury Tales--as courtier in the retinue of Edward III, as diplomat, business man, who rose to high places in 14th century London. Rich experience in life fed the springs of poetic genius & made it possible for him to portray completely civilized human beings. Excellent picture of life of the tim ...more
Hardcover, 1st, 347 pages
Published June 1946 by E.P. Dutton & Company, Inc. (NY) (first published 1946)
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Chris
May 25, 2013 Chris rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Chris by: used book sale near the Round Tower
Geoff Chaucer – football hooligan!
Well, maybe but somehow it warms my heart to know that badly behaving football fans are a historic tradition in England.
It is very fitting that Chaucer might have been one. After all, he writes about farting.
Chute deals very well with the historical information though some of her analysis of the tales lack depth. She makes a misstated and calls Emily, Thesus’s sister, instead of sister-in-law. But she does succeed in making Chaucer come alive. The book does a
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Erik Graff
Jan 31, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Chaucer fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: biography
This is, like the Kirkus review indicates, a charming book. I hadn't expected much. Indeed, I'd picked this up years ago at Second Hand Prose, the Chicago Public Library's old bookstore in the Lincoln Square neighborhood--lamentably, now gone. The only reason I actually read the thing is because the relative of a friend, a university professor specializing in Chaucer and Shakespeare studies, is about to visit and I haven't read any Chaucer since high school or any studies of him since Gardner's ...more
Allen Roth
As Virgil guided Dante, Marchette Chute guides the reader through the life, times, and poetry of Geoffrey Chuacer. This is an informative and entertaining journey. I guarantee you will enjoy and look forward to reading some of Chaucer's work with the knowledge that Chaute has made sure you will understand and appreciate Chaucer. Along the way you will also learn interesting facts about the royal personages who impacted England and Chaucer.

Recently, I read Henry Adams's Mt. Saint Michael and Cha
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Sep 03, 2009 Susanna - Censored by GoodReads rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Susanna - Censored by GoodReads by: my mother
A highly readable biography of Chaucer.
Linda
I read this because I had read "Katherine" by Anya Seton; Katherine's sister was Chaucer's wife. I hoped it would give me more information about life in the 14th century, but I was disappointed. For what I wanted out of it, too much was analysis of Chaucer's works. I was surprised to discover that Marchette Chute was an American -- I had salways assumed she was British.
Vicky
This book is my first choice to feel better about the world -beautifully told, parses the myths and fantasy of biased historians, presents a crystal-clear picture of a startlingly modern man. Gracious, warm, gentle and funny -this book, and the man at its heart, showed me how much it means to be part of the eternal conversation. Hopeful humanists unite! Only makes me sad when I think about how I'll never get a chance to chat over a wine-soaked dinner with the greatest storyteller who ever lived ...more
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