Synopses & Reviews
For students of Middle English, Malcolm Andrews and Ronald Waldrons The Poems of the Pearl Manuscript has been the key edition of the four Pearl poems for over thirty years. This volume includes the first print edition of the English prose translations of the poem, which were previously only available on a CD-ROM that accompanied the revised edition of the poems. The new prose translations are based faithfully on Andrew and Waldrons new fifth edition of The Poems of the Pearl Manuscript—and by using prose in lieu of verse, the authors have ensured that the translations remain as close and accurate to the original as possible. Aimed at the student of medieval English literature, these translations can also be used as a means of checking the accuracy of students own renditions of the originals—making this a key text for university courses and the interested general reader of Middle English.
For students of Middle English, Andrew and Waldron's The Poems of the Pearl Manuscript in Modern English Prose Translation
has been the key edition of the four Pearl poems for over thirty years.
With the changing needs of today's students in mind, the editors produced a complete prose translation of the four poems - the best known of which is Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
The near-literal translations are intended to facilitate understanding of the four poems - to lead readers to, rather than away from, the original texts. The translations are based faithfully on Andrew and Waldron's fifth edition of The Poems of the Pearl Manuscript. This paperback edition is new to the Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies series.
About the Author
is Professor Emeritus of English Language and Literature, he began teaching at Queen's University Belfast in 1985 and retired in 2007. He had also served as Head of School, Dean of Humanities and Pro-Vice-Chancellor. He was convener of the English language board of the Arts and Humanities Research Board for several years.
Ronald Waldron is Emeritus Reader in English Language and Medieval Literature, King's College, University of London. An expert in the field of early English literature, Ronald Waldron has written many books and lectured at the University of Aarhus in Denmark and King's College London.
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight