The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights

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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 ...

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Overview


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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374523787
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 4/1/1993
  • Pages: 364
  • Lexile: 990L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck (1902- 1968), winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, achieved popular success in 1935 with the publication of Tortilla Flat. He went on to write more than twenty-five novels, including The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men.

Christopher Paolini is the author of the number one New York Times bestsellers Eragon and Eldest. His most recent novel, Brisingr, completes the Inheritance series.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Amnesia Glasscock
      John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. (full name); Amnesia Glasscock
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 27, 1902
    2. Place of Birth:
      Salinas, California
    1. Date of Death:
      December 20, 1968
    2. Place of Death:
      New York, New York

Table of Contents


The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights Foreword
Introduction

I. Merlin
II. The Knight with the Two Swords
III. The Wedding of King Arthur
IV. The Death of Merlin
V. Morgan Le Fay
VI. Gawain, Ewain, and Marhalt
VII. The Noble Tale of Sir Lancelot of the Lake

Appendix

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  • Posted November 16, 2009

    Nice, comfy reading for leisure.

    A an age old fairy-tale told in modern, easy to read form by an author so well-known and respected for his writing about the lives and times of our American experience. A great read for rainy fall evenings by the fire or for the Steinbeck fan looking for something different. Although the genre is foreign to Steinbeck, his easy reading, common-sense style still comes through. I never had a chance to read the Mallory version, but my thanks to Steinbeck for bringing this classic to us in modern English.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2001

    Absolutely Amazing, Hidden Steinbeck

    Completely hidden John Steinbeck, a valid & bona fide 5 stars!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2013

    I have read this book 7 times over the past 4 decades. It is Ki

    I have read this book 7 times over the past 4 decades. It is King Arthur's tale without all of the incredible difficult to understand middle English prose. This is the version to read if you are focused on the story, and not on the storytelling. I haven't read it in 5 years or so. I think I'll bring it on my next vacation!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book is great. It just seems to flow in a manner that you find yourself unable to put it down. It is so action packed, that as mentioned by the review above, that is always someone fighting, falling off a horse or just getting a sword stuck in their head. It is fit for all ages, and an adventure in and out of itself. Oh... and have i mentioned it's great?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2003

    A CLASSIC

    This book is very well written. Before I read it, I had no interest in King Arthur at all. There is literally a sword fight every two pages! You will never want to put this book down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2001

    A great 'Arthur'

    This was a wonderful discovery and a treasuer for Arthur fans. Suggest reading the appendix first, esp. the letter dated March 14, 1958.

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