Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (book)
|Sir Gawain and the Green Knight|
|Editor||J.R.R. Tolkien, E.V. Gordon, Norman Davis (second edition)|
|Publisher||Clarendon Press, Oxford|
|Released||23 April 1925|
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is an edition of a 14th-century long poem with the same name, a story related to the Arthurian legends. The book was edited by J.R.R. Tolkien and E.V. Gordon, published in 1925 by Clarendon Press, Oxford.
The main text in Middle English, and a glossary, were contributed by Tolkien, while a majority of the accompanying notes was done by Gordon; the book also includes an introduction and a linguistic appendix. A second edition, edited by Norman Davis, Tolkien's successor at Oxford, was published in 1967 to incorporate new understandings on the original manuscript. In this edition Tolkien's texts have been revised, and the book's introduction, notes, and appendix been largely rewritten.
A Modern English translation of it by Tolkien was published in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo in 1975, edited by Christopher Tolkien.
From the publisher (second edition)[edit | edit source]
The study of Sir Gawain, the finest of all the English medieval romances, was signally advanced by the publication in 1925 of the edition by the late Professors Tolkien and Gordon. This remained the most widely used text of the poem; but after forty years the time came for revision. The new edition pursues the aim of the first – to present an accurate text pleasantly, with sufficient apparatus to enable a reader to understand the rich but difficult language, and so to reach for himself an informed appreciation of the poem. The Text, and the uniquely full glossary, were revised to take account of recent views. The Introduction, Notes, and Linguistic Appendix were largely rewritten; and the book was entirely reset.
Publication history and gallery[edit | edit source]
- Clarendon Press, hardcover (1925), pp. 240
- Oxford University Press, paperback (1967), pp. 262. ISBN 0198114869
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