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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
By W. S. Merwin (editor)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Paw Prints
Publication date May 29, 2008
Pages 176
Binding Prebinding
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781435290129
ISBN-10 1435290127
Dimensions 0.75 by 6.25 by 8.75 in.
Weight 0.94 lbs.
Availability§ Apply Direct
Original list price $23.00
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: A splendid new translation of the classic Arthurian tale of enchantment, adventure, and romance, presented alongside the original Middle English text.

It is the height of Christmas and New Year’s revelry when an enormous knight with brilliant green clothes and skin descends upon King Arthur’s court. He presents a sinister challenge: he will endure a blow of the axe to his neck without offering any resistance, but whoever gives the blow must promise to take the same in exactly a year and a day’s time. The young Sir Gawain quickly rises to the challenge, and the poem tells of the adventures he finds—an almost irresistible seduction, shockingly brutal hunts, and terrifyingly powerful villains—as he endeavors to fulfill his promise.

Capturing the pace, impact, and richly alliterative language of the original text, W. S. Merwin has imparted a new immediacy to a spellbinding narrative, written centuries ago by a poet whose name is now unknown, lost to time. Of the Green Knight, Merwin notes in his foreword: “We seem to recognize him—his splendor, the awe that surrounds him, his menace and his grace—without being able to place him . . . We will never know who the Green Knight is except in our own response to him.”


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Paperback
Book cover for 9780375709920
 
Reprint edition from Alfred a Knopf Inc (March 1, 2004)
9780375709920 | details & prices | 176 pages | 6.25 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $15.00
About: The Green Knight, a mysterious and powerful creature, offers a fateful and deadly challenge that tests the honor and courage of Gawain, King Arthur's youngest knight.
Prebinding
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Reprint edition from Paw Prints (May 29, 2008)
9781435290129 | details & prices | 176 pages | 6.25 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.94 lbs | List price $23.00
About: A splendid new translation of the classic Arthurian tale of enchantment, adventure, and romance, presented alongside the original Middle English text.

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