Chaucer's works are today widely studied and serve as models for current literature around the world. Chaucer holds a place of esteem as the earliest and one of the foremost writers in the English language.
©2005 Michael Drout; (P)2005 Recorded Books
Professor Drout is as entertaining in this course as ever, though I had wished to catch up on my middle english. However, the course was not about middle English, I am nonetheless happy about purchase.
Not sure about Geoffrey Chaucer? You'll be won over by Prof. Drout's lively introduction to his major works, which focuses especially on The Canterbury Tales. With wit and thoughtful criticism, Drout puts Chaucer in context of his time and the larger scale of literary history. Drout's tone is light, but his insights are deep. You don't have to a be a scholar of medieval literature to enjoy this lecture series -- but you might think about becoming one once you're through listening. Highly enjoyable.
This is the third of Professor Drout's lecture series I've listened to and I'm impressed once again. He gets to the heart of the matter and speaks clearly without "dumbing down" the subject.
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