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Famous People In Literature

Geofrey Chaucer (#101)

In 14th century England, common people spoke in different forms of English while the nobility used French and Latin for communication. Geoffrey Chaucer was the first to begin using English, both in poetry and prose. The greatest poet of the pre-Shakespearian period, he is rightfully considered “the father of English poetry.” [7 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Their titles include novelist, playwright, poet and essayist. But they are also known as social activist, pacifist, reformer, human rights activist and humorist. Famous People in Literature examines literary giants who left a legacy of works that remain required reading in the classroom. Their writings were often a vivid depiction of everyday life and attitudes of the era. Each program in the series explores the most historic developments, significant contributions, important benchmarks and major turning points during these incredible lives.

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