The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights

The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights

by John Steinbeck
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The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights by John Steinbeck

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345273895
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/12/1977

About the Author

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.

Date of Birth:

February 27, 1902

Date of Death:

December 20, 1968

Place of Birth:

Salinas, California

Place of Death:

New York, New York


Attended Stanford University intermittently between 1919 and 1925

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BrianP More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Completely hidden John Steinbeck, a valid & bona fide 5 stars!
midcenturyenglishmajor More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful discovery and a treasuer for Arthur fans. Suggest reading the appendix first, esp. the letter dated March 14, 1958.