Book of Margery Kempe

Book of Margery Kempe

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by Margery Kempe
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393976394

ISBN-13: 9780393976397

Pub. Date: 12/28/2000

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

The text presented here remains as faithful to the original Middle English as possible, without sounding archaic.

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The text presented here remains as faithful to the original Middle English as possible, without sounding archaic.

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ISBN-13:
9780393976397
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Series:
Norton Critical Editions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
639,507
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Book of Margery Kempe 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oddly enough, Norton chose to publish The Book of Margery Kempe in a Modern English translation, while they issued its rough contemporary, The Showings of Julian of Norwich (Norton's title) in the original Middle English. I honestly haven't the faintest idea why this was done, as the work by Kempe, dictated though it was, is still the first autobiography in the English language. I would think that it would be the better choice to present Kempe's work in the original Middle English. It is noted that the translator tried to stay as close to Kempe's original text while adapting the work into Modern English. This is all nice, and it does make the work more accessible for the casual student, but for those who a specializing in works of the medieval era, it simply means that he or she must look elsewhere for a basic source text. As for the critical articles which are the hallmark of the Norton Critical Edition series, this volume is no exception. The excerpts and complete articles serve to introduce the student to the current thought and theory surrounding this text and to supply him or her with at least a few sources handily. I cannot recommend this edition without reservation, simply due to the fact that the language has been modernized. Overlooking that caveat, the other features of this NCE make it a valuable tool for those studying medieval Christian mysticism, feminism, or the everyday life of the English peasant during the Middle Ages.