The Complete Canterbury Tales is by Geoffrey Chaucer. Another work you must read before you die if you wish to consider yourself well read. A true work of genius, Chaucer gathers a collections of "tales" told by pilgrims on their way to visit a religious shrine. They supposedly tell these tales to alleviate the boredom of the Medieval equivalent of the modern road trip. They are a vivid portrait of the full spectrum of the human condition.
Ratings: 10th grade - 10 out of 10 - AC (mature thematic content).