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Welcome to the library guide for Mr. Lewis' English 10 Semester Paper! For your assignment, you'll be reading an additional tale from the Canterbury Tales, then constructing a 4-5 page paper with an interpretative thesis. You'll need two outside scholarly sources, and then cite them in the Modern Language Association style (MLA).
In this guide you'll find information on where to find your two scholarly sources and how to cite them. Feel free to stop by the library for more assistance!
Who is Chaucer?
Chaucer by In the first in a new series of brief biographies, bestselling author Peter Ackroyd brilliantly evokes the medieval world of England and provides an incomparable introduction to the great poet's works. Geoffrey Chaucer, who died in 1400, lived a surprisingly eventful life. He served with the Duke of Clarence and with Edward III, and in 1359 was taken prisoner in France and ransomed. Through his wife, Philippa, he gained the patronage of John of Gaunt, which helped him carve out a career at Court. His posts included Controller of Customs at the Port of London, Knight of the Shire for Kent, and King's Forester. He went on numerous adventurous diplomatic missions to France and Italy. Yet he was also indicted for rape, sued for debt, and captured in battle. He began to write in the 1360s, and is now known as the father of English poetry. His Troilus and Criseyde is the first example of modern English literature, and his masterpiece, The Canterbury Tales, the forerunner of the English novel, dominated the last part of his life. In his lively style, Peter Ackroyd, one of the most acclaimed biographers and novelists writing today, brings us an eye-opening portrait, rich in drama and colorful historical detail, of a prolific, multifaceted genius.
Call Number: 821.1 CHAUCER ACKRO
Chaucer's Tale by A lively microbiography of Chaucer that tells the story of the tumultuous year that led to the creation of The Canterbury Tales In 1386, Geoffrey Chaucer endured his worst year, but began his best poem. The father of English literature did not enjoy in his lifetime the literary celebrity that he has today; far from it. The middle-aged Chaucer was living in London, working as a midlevel bureaucrat and sometime poet, until a personal and professional crisis set him down the road leading to The Canterbury Tales. In the politically and economically fraught London of the late fourteenth century, Chaucer was swept up against his will in a series of disastrous events that would ultimately leave him jobless, homeless, separated from his wife, exiled from his city, and isolated in the countryside of Kent;with no more audience to hear the poetry he labored over. At the loneliest time of his life, Chaucer made the revolutionary decision to keep writing, and to write for a national audience, for posterity, and for fame. Brought expertly to life by Paul Strohm, this is the eye-opening story of the birth one of the most celebrated literary creations of the English language.
Call Number: 821.1 STROH
Original Chaucer Manuscripts
Several institutions around the world hold some of Chaucer's original manuscripts! Check out their collections below for images and descriptions of The Chanterbury Tales. Remember to cite any information or images you use from these collections!
“The Workes of Geffray Chaucer Title-page.” The World of Chaucer. University of Glasgow.