Le Morte Darthur
The text is unabridged, with original spelling and extensive, easy-to-use marginal glosses and footnotes.No other edition accurately represents the actual (and likely authorial) divisions of the text as attested to by its two surviving witnesses—Caxton’s 1485 print and, especially, the famous... show more
The text is unabridged, with original spelling and extensive, easy-to-use marginal glosses and footnotes.No other edition accurately represents the actual (and likely authorial) divisions of the text as attested to by its two surviving witnesses—Caxton’s 1485 print and, especially, the famous Winchester Manuscript. The Winchester Manuscript is now generally agreed to be the more authentic of the two earlier texts. The Norton Critical Edition is the first edition of Malory to recover important elements of this manuscript: paragraphing marginal annotations hierarchies of narrative division as signaled by size and decorative intricacy of initial capitals and font changes The Norton Critical Edition also represents, in black-letter font, the striking rubrication of proper names in the Winchester Manuscript, reconstructing for readers something of an authentic medieval reading experience, one which gives visual support to Malory’s extraordinary representation, in character and setting, of a chivalric ideal. No other student edition of Malory contains such extensive contextual and critical support.
Publish date: October 1st 2003
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 24
Edition language: English
You probably know this as the Morte Darthur, a slightly misleading title since what Malory essentially does is put almost every Arthur-related story written before 1450 into one big book. This includes a lot of Arthur not dying. It also includes a lot of jousts, tournaments, fights-to-the-death-oh-a...
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I agree with the reviewer who said this is not for the faint of heart, and few general readers are going to find this a great read. If you're looking for an absorbing, entertaining read with characters you can relate to and root for, you're absolutely, positively in the wrong place. Read instead Art...
I started reading this book almost 20 years ago, but made the mistake of reading T.H. White's The Once and Future King first. The difference in prose between a book written in the 1950s (White) and a book written in the 15th century (Malory) was so stark as to make this book nigh impenetrable. Needl...
This book is a cornerstone of Arthurian literature, and an engaging read. Once I got used to the language, it was something that really captured my imagination. It has its problems, but that's to be expected of something cobbled together out of multiple legends from multiple countries and written by...
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