From the award-winning biographer of Chaucer, the story of his most popular and scandalous character, from the Middle Ages to `MeTooEver since her triumphant debut in Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’, ‘The Wife of Bath’, arguably the first ordinary and recognisably real woman in English literature, has obsessed readers – from Shakespeare to James Joyce, Voltaire to Pasolini, Dryden to Zadie Smith. Few literary characters have led such colourful lives or matched her influence or capacity for reinvention in poetry, drama, fiction, and film. In ‘The Wife of Bath’, Marion Turner tells the fascinating story of where Chaucer’s favourite character came from, how she related to real medieval women, and where her many travels have taken her since the fourteenth century, from Falstaff and Molly Bloom to `MeToo and Black Lives Matter.
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Author Marion Turner Published by Princeton University Press ISBN 9780691206011 EAN 9780691206011 Bic Code Cover Hardback