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Valentine & Orson

Burkert, Nancy Ekholm

ISBN 10: 0374380783 / ISBN 13: 9780374380786
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux/A Floyd Yearout Book, New York, 1989
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Hardcover in dustjacket. Oblong 4to. First printing. Book and jacket are in Fine condition, bright and fresh and unblemished. Promotional poster laid in, also in Fine, unused condition. Burkert tells the story of a medieval romance as a folk play in verse and paintings. The setting is 16th-century Flanders. Unpaginated. In protective Mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 4148

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Title: Valentine & Orson

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux/A Floyd Yearout Book, New York

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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Traveling players act out a folk play about twin brothers separated at birth, one raised by King Pepin and the other by a bear.

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Meticulously researched and stunningly illustrated, this medieval prose romance has been translated and recast by Burkert ( Cinderella ) into Chaucerian iambic pentameter. The mysterious Pacolet narrates as a 16th-century troupe of itinerant players performs the story of two brothers separated at birth, one raised at court and the other by a bear in the forest. It is a tale of chivalry, brotherhood and forgiveness, wherein the brothers conquer the awful Green Knight and outwit the giant Ferragus. At play's end, the brothers reunite their estranged parents who choose "to dwell in joy and not in bitterness." Like Brueghel, whose paintings inspired the illustrations, Burkert's canvases are brilliantly colored and richly detailed, full of round-faced peasants and robust farmers. The exuberant actors--the "giant" teetering on his stilts, the false Archbishop who doubles as a bear--are as endearing as the complicated story that asks its readers to "Bear witness, / Friends, to forces of forgiveness, / True devotion, and humility, / For they unite us as a family." A Floyd Yearout Book. All ages.
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