Geoffrey Chaucer. Unknown Artist. Circa 1600-1620. Source: Luminarium
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Along with William Shakespeare and John Milton, Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400) is the third name in the pantheon of most-influential English writers. Best known for the Canterbury Tales, Chaucer was considered by admirers as the founding figure of English poetry as early as the 15th century. Shakespeare and Spenser, among others, were influenced by him. Chaucer has been praised for his irony, learning, understanding of human nature, geniality, humor, mastery of the classical and continental literary traditions, but particularly for his ability to create rounded, living, believable characters, who seemingly have lives and thoughts of their own.
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