|The Canterbury Tales
The following collection of thematically related readings is available
in The Canterbury Tales and Related Readings in McDougal Littell's
Literature Connections series.
Excerpt from The Life and Times of Chaucer by John Gardner,
Summary: This biographical excerpt explores what Chaucer's world was
Excerpt from The Author's Introduction to The Decameron by
Giovanni Boccaccio, translated by Mark Musa and Peter E. Bondanella
(from The Decameron,translation © 1982)
Summary: Aristocratic ladies and lords flee from the Black Death ravaging
Excerpt from The Art of Courtly Love by Andreas Capellanus,
translated by John Jay Parry, © 1990
Summary: This excerpt from a famous 12th-century work provides rules
of conduct for lovers.
Laustic (The Nightingale) by Marie de France, translated
by Robert Hanning and Joan Ferrante
(from The Lais of Marie de France, © 1978)
Summary: This narrative poem describes the pangs of illicit lovers.
Reynard and Isengrin in the Well anonymous fable, translated
by D. D. R. Owen
(from The Romance of Reynard the Fox, © 1994)
Summary: The famous trickster is at his devious best in this medieval
The Second Shepherds' Play anonymous drama, edited by Martial
(from The Wakefield Mystery Cycle, © 1961)
Summary: This medieval play blends social criticism with comic high jinks.
Excerpt from The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X,
with Alex Haley, © 1964
Summary: In this autobiographical excerpt, the civil-rights leader described
his pilgrimage to Mecca.
Chaucer Aboard a Spaceship by Naoshi Koriyama
(from Collected Poems, © 1996)
Summary: In this lyric poem, Chaucer describes his impressions of a