Geoffrey Chaucer

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Geoffrey Chaucer is often lauded as being the “father” of English literature and poetry and had a great influence on the English language during his day. We know Chaucer has over 83 original manuscripts of the The Canterbury Tales , and 16 manuscripts of Troilus and Criseyde , still available today which one could conclude there were even more during his time. His works were among the first works that began being printed in England after the invention of the printing press. Chaucer was raised in a wealthy merchant class family and become close with some of the royalty in 14th century England. Chaucer worked many different positions during his life and this gave him a different perspective that helped connect his works with a wider audience. The Canterbury Tales , his most well known work, shows he had knowledge of being a knight, a squire, and a friar along with many other positions. These characters and their stories were often vulgar, humorous, or disturbing; and it shows the different perspectives of the characters. There is sometimes
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This note was uploaded on 03/23/2011 for the course MFG 202 taught by Professor Davis,d during the Summer '08 term at BYU.

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