The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights

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The first book that John Steinbeck read as a child was Le Morte d'Arthur. As an adult, he modernized the stories of King Arthur magnificently, bringing the tales to life for readers young and old. As John Gardner wrote, "[Steinbeck] embellishes Malory's spare legend with a richness of detail that transforms the vision, makes it no one but Steinbeck's."

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The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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Overview

The first book that John Steinbeck read as a child was Le Morte d'Arthur. As an adult, he modernized the stories of King Arthur magnificently, bringing the tales to life for readers young and old. As John Gardner wrote, "[Steinbeck] embellishes Malory's spare legend with a richness of detail that transforms the vision, makes it no one but Steinbeck's."

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

"Steinbeck's tales could bring readers of all ages close to Arthurian times . . . The bright pageantry of the tales, the repeated violence that paradoxically led to the birth of chivalry, the magic of Merlin and the power of women—all are unforgettable." —Anstiss Drake, Chicago Daily News

"Steinbeck has marvelously managed to retain the flavor and sense of romance and remoteness of the origianl stories while at the same time, making them accessible to modern readers." —E. L. Dachslager, The Houston Post

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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 (1902-68) was the author of several works of nonfiction and many novels, including The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962.

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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.

    2 out of 2 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

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    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2001

    Absolutely Amazing, Hidden Steinbeck

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

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