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The Poems of the Pearl Manuscript: Pearl, Cleanness, Patience, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight / Edition 5

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Overview

For students of Middle English, Andrew and Waldron's The Poems of the Pearl Manuscript has been the key edition of the four Pearl poems (the best-known of which is Gawain and the Green Knight) for 30 years. Now, with the changing needs of today's student in mind, the editors have undertaken the most comprehensive revision of the book since its inception.The revised edition includes a new introduction providing historical, literary and cultural contexts for the poems. It also incorporates a revised and updated bibliography, minor changes to the text and glossary, and significant revision and updating of the explanatory notes. In addition the authors have provided for the first time a complete prose translation of the four poems for students to use as a working tool. This is included on a CD-ROM at the back of the book.

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Editorial Reviews

The Year's Work in English Studies
"The fifth edition, overall, is a tremendous achievement, and secures Andrew and Waldon as the authoritative critical text and student edition of these poems."
Parergon - Cheryl Taylor
"I recommend to readers this revision of an edition that several generations of students and teachers have preceded me in endorsing. In a book of manageable size, the editors have succeeded in reconciling reliable scholarship with modern accessibility, and in balancing attention to individual poems with encouragement to explore the Gawain-corpus as a whole. Their edition provides a setting that can only deepen twenty-first-century appreciation for these luminous Middle English poems."—Parergon
From the Publisher
'Malcolm Andrew and Ronald Waldron have fully revised their standard edition of the four poems of the Pearl-poet. The translation, along with the updated and extended critical and explanatory material, will render the new edition an extremely valuable resource for students at all levels.'—Medium Aevum

'I recommend to readers this revision of an edition that several generations of students and teachers have preceded me in endorsing. In a book of manageable size, the editors have succeeded in reconciling reliable scholarship with modern accessibility, and in balancing attention to individual poems with encouragement to explore the Gawain-corpus as a whole. Their edition provides a setting that can only deepen twenty-first-century appreciation for these luminous Middle English poems.'—Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies

'The fifth edition, overall, is a tremendous achievement, and secures Andrew and Waldon as the authoritative critical text and student edition of these poems.'—The Year's Work in English Studies

The Year's Work in English Studies
"The fifth edition, overall, is a tremendous achievement, and secures Andrew and Waldon as the authoritative critical text and student edition of these poems."
Years Work in English Studies
The appearance of a revised edition of Malcolm Andrew and Ronald Waldrons The Poems of The Pearl Manuscript is very welcome. This new text, an updating of the 1987 edition (itself a revision of the original 1978 publication), allows the editors to update the notes in the light of recent scholarship and generally to streamline the layout of the text . . . The bibliography has also been updated, while a number of older works have been discreetly removed from the lists. Such changes keep the edition abreast of recent developments in the field and mean that it is likely to remain the best single-volume edition of the Gawain Poets works for some time to come.
Years Work in English Studies
The appearance of a revised edition of Malcolm Andrew and Ronald Waldron’s The Poems of The Pearl Manuscript is very welcome. This new text, an updating of the 1987 edition (itself a revision of the original 1978 publication), allows the editors to update the notes in the light of recent scholarship and generally to streamline the layout of the text . . . The bibliography has also been updated, while a number of older works have been discreetly removed from the lists. Such changes keep the edition abreast of recent developments in the field and mean that it is likely to remain the best single-volume edition of the Gawain Poet’s works for some time to come.
Year's Work in English Studies
The appearance of a revised edition of Malcolm Andrew and Ronald Waldron's The Poems of The Pearl Manuscript is very welcome. This new text, an updating of the 1987 edition (itself a revision of the original 1978 publication), allows the editors to update the notes in the light of recent scholarship and generally to streamline the layout of the text ... The bibliography has also been updated, while a number of older works have been discreetly removed from the lists. Such changes keep the edition abreast of recent developments in the field and mean that it is likely to remain the best single-volume edition of the Gawain Poet's works for some time to come.
Years Work in English Studies
The appearance of a revised edition of Malcolm Andrew and Ronald Waldron’s The Poems of The Pearl Manuscript is very welcome. This new text, an updating of the 1987 edition (itself a revision of the original 1978 publication, allows the editors to update the notes in the light of recent scholarship and generally to streamline the layout of the text . . . The bibliography has also been updated, while a number of older works have been discreetly removed from the lists. Such changes keep the edition abreast of recent developments in the field and mean that it is likely to remain the best single-volume edition of the Gawain Poet’s works for some time to come.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780859897914
  • Publisher: Liverpool University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Series: UEP - Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies
  • Edition description: 5
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 383
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Malcolm Andrew is Professor Emeritus of English Language and Literature, he began teaching at Queen's University Belfast in 1985 and retired in 2007. He had also served as Head of School, Dean of Humanities and Pro-Vice-Chancellor. He was convener of the English language board of the Arts and Humanities Research Board for several years. Ronald Waldron is Emeritus Reader in English Language and Medieval Literature, King's College, University of London. An expert in the field of early English literature, Ronald Waldron has written many books and lectured at the University of Aarhus in Denmark and King's College London.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction
1. The Manuscript
2. Authorship
3. Pearl
4. Cleanness
5. Patience
6. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
7. The Four Poems
Select Bibliography
Note on Language and Metre
TEXT AND EXPLANATORY NOTES
Note to the Text
Pearl
Cleanness
Patience
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Glossary
Appendix: Passages from the Vulgate

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