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The Lays of Marie de France
     

The Lays of Marie de France

by David R. Slavitt
 

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The twelve “lays” of Marie de France, the earliest known French woman poet, are here presented in sprightly English verse by poet and translator David R. Slavitt. Traditional Breton folktales were the raw material for Marie de France's series of lively but profound considerations of love, life, death, fidelity and betrayal, and luck and fate. They offer

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The twelve “lays” of Marie de France, the earliest known French woman poet, are here presented in sprightly English verse by poet and translator David R. Slavitt. Traditional Breton folktales were the raw material for Marie de France's series of lively but profound considerations of love, life, death, fidelity and betrayal, and luck and fate. They offer acute observations about the choices that women make, startling in the late twelfth century and challenging even today. Combining a woman's wisdom with an impressive technical bravura, the lays are a minor treasure of European culture.

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ISBN-13:
9781927356357
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
11/14/2013
Pages:
122
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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David R. Slavitt is a widely known poet, novelist, critic, and ranslator. He prepared these English versions of the lays of Marie de France because he loved them.

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