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Sir Gawaing & the Green Knight

W. S. Merwin

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ISBN 10: 0375414762 / ISBN 13: 9780375414763
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2002
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Title: Sir Gawaing & the Green Knight

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition

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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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“Wonderfully readable...Merwin’s decades of experience as a translator and his poetic intuition give him an advantage here. His Gawain is a graceful read and, at the same time, remains as true as possible to the sense and style of the original...These are the kind of nuances that word-worshippers will linger over–but not before rushing through the story first to get to the good parts.”
–Sheila Farr, The Seattle Times

“Readers who enjoy a well-told story, not lacking in sex and violence but also endowed with a sense of moral purpose, will find a wonderful one here...Merwin’s translation has a directness and simplicity that can be quite powerful...Sir Gawain and the Green Knight endures–charming, strange, tantalizingly mysterious–and Merwin’s translation catches at least some of the gleam of its vanished world.”
–Merle Rubin, Los Angeles Times

"Gawain remains, centuries after it was written, a poem of uncanny power. It has the tapestried richness of legend, but also an astonishing psychological complexity. Its lines are elegantly wrought, but they propel us through an adventure filled with erotic entanglements, dire challenges, and mysterious landscapes. Here is that rare poem with both the epic dimensions of ageless myth and the eerie intimacy of last night's dream. The clarity, ingenuity, and force of W. S. Merwin's translation will enable a new generation of readers to discover a remarkable masterpiece."
–J. D. McClatchy

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