Behind Closed Books

August 6, 2006
(was 05.15.2005)

Middle English isn’t what it used to be.  Add a back-beat, some high-flying rhymes, and you’ve got a hot new version of Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales.”  In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, the madcap transformation of one of literature’s oldest classics from history to hip hop.  Also, the hidden lives of the Bronte sisters.

  1. Baba Brinkman on the Rap Canterbury Tales

    Rapper Baba Brinkman tells Anne Strainchamps that Geoffrey Chaucer’s work has a lot in common with the language of hip hop music.

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  2. Terry Jones on "Who Murdered Chaucer?"

    Terry Jones, formerly of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, has written a book called “Who Murdered Chaucer?”

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  3. Lucasta Miller on "The Bronte Myth"

    Lucasta Miller says that the Bronte sisters cultivated their image as lonely geniuses living in isolation but had to accept the real limitations imposed on women by society.

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  4. Colm Toibin on Henry James

    Colm Toibin is the author of a novel called “The Master,” based on the life of Henry James.

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