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The Shoemaker's Tales

Geoffrey Chaucer:

Geoffrey Chaucer was one of the greatest poets to have ever lived in the history of mankind. He was also a writer, diplomat, philosopher, courtier, and bureaucrat. Born in the thirteenth century, he is known as the father of English Literature. Born in a family of merchants and vintners,Geoffrey Chaucer turned out to be a writer and showed interest in literature.

Many scholars consider him to have been the first to demonstrate artistic legitimacy in English, rather than French or Latin. The unfinished work of Canterbury Tales, is considered to be his best work ever and has gained the most popularity. Chaucer was born in London, England, in the year 1343, though the exact date and location are not really known.

His life by itself had been a tale of great highs and lows, adventure, travel,involvement of so many well known characters, in the history of the world. The Book Of Duchesse, The Canterbury Tales, The House of Fame, are some of his greatest literary works.

Though Geoffrey Chaucer's works were admired over the years, the real spread of his works and the serious scholarly reviews did not begin until the nineteenth century. Frederick James Furnivall founded the Chaucer Society in 1868, which actually established many of Chaucer's works, along with the details of his use of language and its analysis.

Walter William Skeat was the man, who established the base texts of all of Chaucer's works. Chaucer Review was founded in 1966 and is known as the journal of Chaucer studies.

Geoffrey Chaucer's works, The Canterbury Tales in particular, has a large following and forms an important part of the syllabus of students, undergoing their studies in English Literature.

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