The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights

The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights

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by John Steinbeck
     
 

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A modern retelling of the legendary Arthurian tales from one of the twentieth century's greatest writers

Morte d'Arthur was one of the first books that John Steinbeck enjoyed reading as a child, and it became a favorite story to read to his own children. Here now is Steinbeck's only work of fantasy literature-his modernization of Malory's

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A modern retelling of the legendary Arthurian tales from one of the twentieth century's greatest writers

Morte d'Arthur was one of the first books that John Steinbeck enjoyed reading as a child, and it became a favorite story to read to his own children. Here now is Steinbeck's only work of fantasy literature-his modernization of Malory's adventures of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, who together took the oath of knightship, swearing never to use violence without good purpose, to be merciful, to protect women, and never to fight for an unjust cause or personal gain. Here are the iconic and legendary tales of King Arthur, Guinevere, Sir Lancelot, Merlin, and Morgan le Fay. Christopher Paolini, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling novels Eragon and Eldest, has written a new foreword offering a fresh and young perspective on this classic.

This is a book sure to capture the attention and imagination of a wide audience, including the legions of Steinbeck fans, those who love the legendary adventures of King Arthur and his Knights, as well as the countless fans of science fiction and fantasy literature, and everyone who loves Paolini's bestselling novels.

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Steinbeck credited Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthurwith his love of books. He hated reading as a kid until finding the old tales of Arthur and the Round Table, which put the hook in him at age nine. Toward the end of his life, Steinbeck began his own collection of Arthurian legends. It wasn't published until 1976-well after his 1968 death-and was the last book on which he worked. This illustrated edition carries a new foreword by top fantasy writer Christopher Paolini and a lengthy appendix.


—Michael Rogers
From the Publisher
"Steinbeck embellishes Malory's spare language with a richness of detail that transforms the vision, makes it no one's but Steinbeck's."
John Gardner, The New York Times Book Review

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ISBN-13:
9780345289551
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/12/1980

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"Steinbeck embellishes Malory's spare language with a richness of detail that transforms the vision, makes it no one's but Steinbeck's."
-John Gardner, The New York Times Book Review

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