Geoffrey Chaucer as the Father of English Literature


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Geoffrey Chaucer as the Father of English Literature
Geoffrey Chaucer is sometimes referred to as the father of English literature. His most famous work is his collection of short stories set in verse, titled The Canterbury Tales, written approximately 1369-1372. Among these stories is “The Miller’s Tale,” which might not be considered appropriate reading for mainstream audiences today, because of its bawdy nature. This possibility raises the question of how much faith we should put in the censors of today who decide what is appropriate or inappropriate for readers. In other words, if the Father of English Literature can write something that would be considered rude today, then perhaps our standards of rudeness are not to be trusted, or...
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.....iterature that was bold and visceral and for his time probably quite humorous. To distort those values for the sake of conventional morality seems to be quite alarmingly evil.
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Classic Lit. “The Miller’s Tale—Modern.” The Canterbury Tales. New York:, 2011.
New York Times. “Court Lifts ban ‘Ulysses’ Here.” The New York Times. New York: The New York Times Company, 1998.