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Works of the Gawain Poet

Ad Putter and Myra Stokes


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ISBN: 9780140424140
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Suitable for students and scholars, this book brings together four works of the unknown fourteenth-century poet famous for the Arthurian romance Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, in their original Middle English.
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  • Paperback
    $58.31
ISBN: 9780140424140
ANNOTATION:
Suitable for students and scholars, this book brings together four works of the unknown fourteenth-century poet famous for the Arthurian romance Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, in their original Middle English.

Annotation

Suitable for students and scholars, this book brings together four works of the unknown fourteenth-century poet famous for the Arthurian romance Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, in their original Middle English.

Publisher Description

This volume brings together four works of the unknown fourteenth-century poet famous for the Arthurian romance Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, in their original Middle English. In one of the great tales of medieval literature, Gawain, the noblest knight of King Arthur's court, must keep a deadly bargain with a monstrous knight and resist the advances of his host's beautiful wife. The dream vision of Pearl depicts a bereaved father whose lost child leads him to glimpse heaven. And in moral poems based on stories from the Bible, Cleanness warns against sins of the flesh and of desecration, while Patience encourages readers to endure suffering as God's will.

Little is known about the so-called 'Gawain poet', who wrote during the late fourteenth century. It is believed that he came from south-east Cheshire, an important cultural and economic centre at the time, and he was clearly well-read in Latin, French and English. Although he is not named as the author of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Patience, Cleanness, the four works have been attributed to him based on a careful comparison of their language, date and themes.

Myra Stokes was formerly Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at Bristol University. Her books include Justice and Mercy in Piers Plowman and The Language of Jane Austen.

Ad Putter teaches at the English Department and the Centre for Medieval Studies of the University of Bristol, where is Professor of Medieval English Literature. His monographs include Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and French Arthurian Romance and An Introduction to the Gawain Poet, and he is also co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Arthurian Legend.

Author Biography

AD PUTTER is professor of medieval English literature at the University of Bristol, England, and he is also coeditor of The Cambridge Companion to the Arthurian Legend. MYRA STOKES was formerly a senior lecturer in the Department of English at Bristol University.

Review

The Works of the Gawain Poet is a model of popular scholarship, one that harkens back to the glories of the old historical criticism of Tolkien and Henry Sweet. That it has appeared not under the imprimatur of a university press but as a reasonably priced paperback from Penguin Classics is a pleasant surprise. It belongs on the shelves of every library in the English-speaking world Washington Free Beacon All of the poems are presented, rather daringly, in their original Middle English (very slightly cleaned up), and the array of critical materials dart very nimbly around the Gawain poet's wide reading - though anonymous, this poet was surely one of the best-read writers of his age - and the end-product effect is to provide readers with something very close to a fourteenth century First Folio. It's a marvelous performance all around Open Letters Monthly

Product Details

Author
Ad Putter, Myra Stokes
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Year
2014
ISBN-10
0140424148
ISBN-13
9780140424140
Format
Paperback
Media
Book
Pages
1040
Subtitle
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Cleanness, Patience
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Publication Date
2014-06-26
Short Title
WORKS OF THE GAWAIN POET
Language
English
Translated from
English