Littell's Living Age Volume 92

Littell's Living Age Volume 92

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ... we must suppose a period at the close of his life during which his intellect was clouded; and he took his knowledge of himself, as well as the lease of his house. from his clerical landlords. It is more probable that the reiractation is a monk's revenge upon the satirist of cowled hypocrisy, and that in his new house Chaucer went on with his latest occupations until he was seized with his last illness, a few months, or weeks, or days, or hours before his end. If so, it was in that house in the garden of St. Mary's Chapel, Westminster, that lie ceased from his work upon the ' Canterbury Tales.' Not half of it was done, and what was done lay by the poet's writing-table yet imperfectly arranged, when his prosperous eldest son, Thomas, whose right it was to_do so, doubtlcss fulfilled his duty in taking charge of his dead father's papers.. Geoffrey Chaucer, who had taken dehght from his youth up in the lively genius of Boccaccio, while repelled by the reflection of Italian morals in his images of life, had drawn from Boceaccio's 'Decameron ' _the first hint of his crowning eflbrt as a writerHe would form a collection of the stories he had rh med or might yet rhyme, which he could cave behind him firmly_hound together by a device like that which has, for all time, made one work of the hundred tales of the 'Decameron.' But Chaucer' plan was better than that of the 'Decameron, ' and looked to a much greater resultThe English poet must have felt hismsstery as he set his pilgrims on their way, and had every incitement to proceed with 8 work in which he was so perfectly achieving that which he had set himself to do. He could not have laid the ' Canterbury '1: fllfl' more

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  • Paperback | 670 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 34mm | 1,175g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236747429
  • 9781236747426