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Le Morte d'Arthur
     

Le Morte d'Arthur

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by Thomas Malory, Elizabeth J. Bryan (Introduction), Elizabeth Bryan (Introduction), Sir Thomas Malory
 

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The legends of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table have inspired some of the greatest works of literature—from Cervantes's Don Quixote to Tennyson's Idylls of the King. Although many versions exist, Malory's stands as the classic rendition. Malory wrote the book while in Newgate Prison during the last three years of his life; it was

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The legends of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table have inspired some of the greatest works of literature—from Cervantes's Don Quixote to Tennyson's Idylls of the King. Although many versions exist, Malory's stands as the classic rendition. Malory wrote the book while in Newgate Prison during the last three years of his life; it was published some fourteen years later, in 1485, by William Caxton. The tales, steeped in the magic of Merlin, the powerful cords of the chivalric code, and the age-old dramas of love and death, resound across the centuries.

The stories of King Arthur, Lancelot, Queen Guenever, and Tristram and Isolde seem astonishingly moving and modern. Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur endures and inspires because it embodies mankind's deepest yearnings for brotherhood and community, a love worth dying for, and valor, honor, and chivalry.

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"Le Morte d'Arthur remains an enchanted sea for the reader to swim about in, delighting at the random beauties of fifteenth-century prose."
—Robert Graves

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375753220
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Series:
Modern Library Series
Edition description:
Complete in 1 Volume
Pages:
992
Sales rank:
364,645
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 2.20(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Elizabeth J. Bryan is associate professor of English at Brown University. She is the author of Collaborative Meaning in Medieval Scribal Culture: The Otho LaZamon.

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Le Morte D'Arthur 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Joel_M More than 1 year ago
This is not the "prettied up" Victorian (or later) King Arthur full of justice and nobility...at least not by current standards of justice and nobility. This is the story of King Arthur and his knights as translated/adapted/compiled (mostly from much older French manuscripts) by Sir Thomas Malory during the chaotic days of the Wars of the Roses. Most of the main characters are deeply flawed. This is even true of Arthur who spends most of his "screen time" being manipulated by either Merlin or Sir Gawain. The main character traits which get someone labeled as a "noble/worshipful knight" seem to be: 1. He fights well 2. He fights fairly 3. He speaks courteously 4. He is of noble birth Possess these four characteristics and just about anything else can be overlooked (the occasional rape, murder, adultery, etc.). Malory does not seem to comment one way or the other on this morality other than in the quest for the Sangreal where only the three (mostly) sinless (and virgin) knights are acceptable to God. I found the main story arcs interesting, but most of the minor events of which they were composed were repetitive in the extreme. Each story arc was a series of episodes most of which involved the protagonist fighting other random knights at battles, tournaments, or in single combat; sometimes to right a wrong, sometimes just for the sake of fighting. These encounters are all described using the same dozen or so stock phrases. This is a common device in older writing, I think, but it becomes quite tedious after a while. In my opinion, the last third of the book was much more interesting than the preceding 600 or so pages. It described the quest for the Sangreal and the events which led up to the death of Arthur in a much more cohesive manner than the other stories (the story of Sir Tristram and La Beal Isoud which takes up the middle third of the book was especially fragmentary). I would definitely recommend this book to fans of the Arthurian mythos as being closer to the source material than modern retellings, but I do not know whether the average reader would enjoy it or not.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I ordered this book to simply have a bare bones edition until the Norton critical edition is published this fall. It arrived today and I am disappointed to find that it will not meet my needs. Baines states in the preface: 'the purpose of this book is to proivide a concise and lucid rendering of Le Morte d'Arthur in modern idiom for the benefit of those 'students and general readers who wish to obtain a firm grasp of the whole, but lack the time and enthusiasm necessary to perform this task for themselves' and that 'my procedure throughout has been to retell each tale 'in my own words''. If you are looking to do any scholarly work, this translation may not meets your needs either. I can't speak to the effectiveness of the translation for the general reader as I will not be reading it. It would have been nice if Barnes & Noble had included this bit of information about the translation in their description of this edition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She concentrated with her eyes closed. When she opened them she had three different snowballs in the air. Chuckling she pelted them at Neveren.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sky is cloudless and the moon is but a slender cresent in the deep darkness. Stars twinkle and shine above, and, on occasion, a shy comet may be seen. With a beautiful night sky comes the bite of cold, however. The temperature has dropped to nearly freezing and the dew turns to pale frost. Thin particles of ice begin to form on the bank of the lake which oozes warm steam into the frigid air. <p> ~ Sunset Scarlet
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It may be free, but this is not the version for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whatever this book was, its nothing but computer gibberish now
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kinda confuing book....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sub par.