Geoffrey chaucer, hailed as the father of english literature, was the greatest english poet of the middle ages check out this biography to know about his childhood, family, life, and achievements. But in spite of his repute among contemporary writers, such official acclaim for his literary stature cannot be found during chaucer's own life: the absence of any the harvard university geoffrey chaucer site provides a more selective and somewhat smaller range of resources tailored especially to undergraduate and. Find out more about geoffrey chaucer's life and works at the british library chaucer's life as a public servant also gave him the opportunity to travel he made trips to france and italy, and the influence of the literary cultures of these two countries can be seen in his verse, an example being the legend of good women. One of the challenges of writing an account of geoffrey chaucer's life, whether a full-length literary biography or a brief chapter for a companion such as this one, is the difficult disjunction between the written record of his public and private life and the literary corpus he left behind the same holds true for many makers of. Geoffrey chaucer his life and work the canterbury tales ( 1387) geoffrey chaucer is often called the father of english literature, besides he is considered to be the first english humorist and realist he was born in london in 1343 into the family of a successful wine importer who had connections with.
1 life 2 works 21 troilus and criseyde 22 the canterbury tales 23 translation 3 influence 31 linguistic 311 literary 32 historical representations and context 4 list of works 41 major works 42 short poems 43 poems dubiously ascribed to chaucer 44 works mentioned by chaucer,. Geoffrey chaucer : english life in the fourteenth century – beacon lights of history, volume vi : renaissance and reformation by john lord he gave up his public duties as a collector of customs, chiefly on wool, and retired to woodstock and spent the remainder of his fortunate life in dignified leisure and literary labors. The first great english poet, geoffrey chaucer lived in a turbulent period of war, plague, social revolt, religious heresy and murdered kings but this society was also vibrant, creative and increasingly literate, a time of resurgence for the english language as a literary medium the books and manuscripts of the fourteenth and.
Biography of geoffrey chaucer, father of english literature: author of the canterbury tales, troilus and criseyde and book of the duchess. Since so little is known about chaucer's life, most studies focus on his work biographies tend to be speculative see marchette g chute, geoffrey chaucer of england (1946), and edward wagenknecht, the personality of chaucer (1968) others combine a study of his thought with his literary development: john l lowes,.
Geoffrey chaucer a new introduction david wallace offers an engaging introduction to geoffrey chaucer's works, informed by his own life and the times he was writing in analyses the lasting appeal of chaucer's works, and considers their adaptations and performances through the centuries since they were written. Geoffrey chaucer c1340–1400, english poet, one of the most important figures in english literature life and career the known facts of chaucer's life are fragmentary and are based almost entirely on official records he was born in london between 1340 and 1344, the son of john chaucer, a vintner in 1357 he was a. Geoffrey chaucer (c 1340-1400) critical and biographical introduction by thomas raynesford lounsbury (1838-1915) warner, et al, comp 1917 the library of the world's best literature.
This important new critical biography traces in carefully considered detail what is known of geoffrey chaucer's personal life while exploring the fascinating relationship the canterbury tales , reveals that chaucer did indeed transform the events and concerns of his life into literary narrative utilizing indirect communication. Geoffrey chaucer was born between 1340 and 1345, probably in london his father was a prosperous wine merchant we do not know any details of his early life and education in 1357, he was a page to elizabeth, countess of ulster, wife of edward iii's third son chaucer was captured by the french during the brittany. Quite a few informative chronologies of chaucer's life and times are online but they are largely scattered all over the web, so i have decided to consolidate them i have added my own supplementary material (eg, details about chaucer's involvement in the scrope-grosvenor controversy, other historical or literary events.
Geoffrey chaucer biography of geoffrey chaucer and a searchable collection of works there is no certain information of his life from 1361 until c1366, when he perhaps married philippa roet, the sister of john gaunt's future wife philippa died in 1387 and chaucer enjoyed gaunt's patronage throughout his life. This important new critical biography traces in carefully considered detail what is known of geoffrey chaucer's personal life while exploring the fascinating relationship between the man of affairs, who made so many 'improvisations and accommodations' to ensure his own survival, and the poet a major reexamination of. Before william shakespeare, geoffrey chaucer was the preeminent english poet , and he remains in the top tier of the english canon certainly his work showcases a passion for reading a huge range of literature, classical and modern during this period chaucer used writing primarily as an escape from public life.