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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
By W. R. J. Barron and Brian Stone (editor)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin Classics
Publication date June 1, 1959
Pages 185
Binding Paperback
Edition 2
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780140440928
ISBN-10 0140440925
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 7.75 in.
Weight 0.30 lbs.
Original list price $12.00
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
The classical medieval poem relating Sir Gawain's romances, his conflict with the Green Knight, and return to the Round Table (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: ‘Be prepared to perform what you promised, Gawain;
Seek faithfully till you find me …’

 

A New Year’s feast at King Arthur’s court is interrupted by the appearance of a gigantic Green Knight, resplendent on horseback. He challenges any one of Arthur’s men to behead him, provided that if he survives he can return the blow a year later. Sir Gawain accepts the challenge and decapitates the knight – but the mysterious warrior cheats death and vanishes, bearing his head with him. The following winter Gawain sets out to find the Knight in the wild Northern lands and to keep his side of the bargain. One of the great masterpieces of Middle English poetry, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight magically combines elements of fairy tale and heroic sagas with the pageantry, chivalry and courtly love of medieval Romance.

Brian Stone’s evocative translation is accompanied by an introduction that examines the Romance genre, and the poem’s epic and pagan sources. This edition also includes essays discussing the central characters and themes, theories about authorship and Arthurian legends, and suggestions for further reading and notes.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.



Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780022950064
 
With Brian Stone (other contributor), Staton | Student edition from Macmillan/McGraw-Hill School (December 1, 1991); titled "Music and You"
9780022950064 | details & prices | 8.25 × 10.50 × 1.00 in. | 2.10 lbs | List price $51.56
This edition also contains Music and You
Paperback
Book cover for 9780140440928 Book cover for 9780389210184
 
Revised edition from Barnes & Noble Imports (August 1, 1998)
9780389210184 | details & prices | 6.00 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $42.00
About: Dual text on facing pages, now revised and updated.
from Barnes & Noble Imports (June 1, 1976)
9780064903110 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $23.00
About: Dual text on facing pages, now revised and updated.
The price comparison is for this edition
With Brian Stone (other contributor) | 2 edition from Penguin Classics (June 1, 1959)
9780140440928 | details & prices | 185 pages | 5.25 × 7.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.30 lbs | List price $12.00
About: The classical medieval poem relating Sir Gawain's romances, his conflict with the Green Knight, and return to the Round Table

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