English poet. The Canterbury Tales, a collection of stories told by a group of pilgrims on their way to Canterbury, reveals his knowledge of human nature and his stylistic variety, from the sophisticated and subtly humorous to the simple and bawdy.
From Continuum Encyclopedia of British Literature
The legend of King Arthur remains alive in English literature today largely because of the work of Malory, who shaped it into what is sometimes seen as the first novel in English, published by William CAXTON in 1485 as Le Morte d’Arthur (wr. ca. 1470).
From Continuum Encyclopedia of British Literature English medieval drama is today the subject of an enthusiastic scholarly and popular revival. The literary and theatrical qualities of the plays are being newly revealed in academic research and in exciting productions, mounted in physical conditions approximating to the original staging.