Complete Works

Complete Works This single volume edition of the complete works of Sirhe Thomas Malory retains his th century English while providing an introduction glossary and fifty pages of explanatory notes on each romance

This single volume edition of the complete works of Sirhe Thomas Malory retains his 15th century English while providing an introduction, glossary, and fifty pages of explanatory notes on each romance.

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Complete Works

  1. Sir Thomas Malory was a knight in the fifteenth century, who, while imprisoned, compiled the collection of tales we know as Le Morte D Arthur, translating the legend of King Arthur from original French tales such as the Vulgate Cycle.

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  1. cross posted at booklikes and the mo centric universe my copy of le morte d arthur is the classic and complete vinaver edit and i highly recommend it i haven t read it in years but picking it up now, i assure you this copy is well thumbed and annotated from my first reading in university in the first fifty pages, i have written in a very small hand above words to explain their meanings, as i did when reading other, older middle english works much difficult to ken still, i smile when i see that [...]

  2. As far as I m concerned this is the edition of Malory s _Le Morte D Arthur_ to read The Middle English is really not so foreign that it requires translation and even modernizing the spelling seems a bit superfluous to me as I felt the archaic spelling added to my immersion in the stories.Malory is certainly not an easy read however, and his repetitions and digressions can become a bit tiring to the modern reader at times That said, if you approach the text as a series of linked tales as opposed [...]

  3. This is the standard cheap critical edition of Malory s Le Morte Darthur sorry, Malory s works Vinaver, the editor, takes a lot of liberties with the text.

  4. For me, there exist two great editions of medieval textual scholarship, one is Frederick Klaeber s edition of Beowulf, the other is Eugene Vinaver s edition of Thomas Malory s Arthurian Romances Over the years, I ve had the good fortune to lay my hands on the first, second and third editions of Vinaver s three volume edition and also the Matthews and Spisak edition of Caxton s Malory While I m not the worlds biggest fan of Arthurian literature or Malory, I do enjoy a well edited medieval text.Th [...]

  5. Yes, Middle English is a bit much to slog through but it is all worthwhile when you reach a chapter where Lancelot attempts to prevent a man from killing his wife with an axe she had done something utterly unforgivable, like have a sneeze within 30 feet of an unmarried man or something The man says to Lancelot, Hey, look over there Lancelot looks away, and the dude chops his wife s head off.It s like Itchy and Scratchy, but with Merlin and a grail.

  6. There are books, and a fair number of them, where I can enjoy them for what they are and what they mean, without enjoying them terribly much on their individual merits Malory s two thousand page Arthurian epic Le Morte d Arthur is definitely one of those Full of meandering and repetition, as if the various authors and editors had tried to cram in every joust ever fought, regardless of its importance, the central portion of the book is bogged down with the tale of Sir Tristram, the perfect generi [...]

  7. Surprisingly good Long, repetitive, and formulaic to the point of being grossly unsophisticated, The Morte D Arthur in its original late Middle English is surprisingly and remarkably engaging and readable It really does attest to the sheer power of story telling that eschews unnecessary details and keeps the story moving at all costs In this work, Sir Thomas Malory presents a condensed compilation of the Arthurian legend taken from various French and English sources And he takes great pains to e [...]

  8. This was my first read of this classic, and it s full of wonderful tales, cunningly interlaced Glad to read it with the aid of a professor to guide me through it, Summa Magistra Verlyn Flieger I was also aided by listening to Librivox recordings of the Caxton version this is the Vinaver version with some different phrasing and a couple additional episodes Hearing it read while reading along was very helpful in understanding the non standardized spelling and getting the gist of the story without [...]

  9. I read this book at the same time as the translated version by Baines and even though this was a harder read, i m glad that I devoted the time to it At first, it is a little hard to understand and read the chapters in the original language, but persistence helps With time, I was able to read the book faster and easier then when I started What is helpful about this edition is that it comes with a handy glossary in the back that I used frequently It also has helpful notes in the back It may have b [...]

  10. I read this in college and hated it, although I think that was because of an embarassing incident in the class rather than any flaw in the book itself I started out loving the stories and trying to figure out the language no standardized spelling here, folks , and by the end of the term wanted to throw this book out of the classroom window Time passed, though, and I missed my little book of Malory and the great stories it contained If you read The Once and Future King, he refers to it often as w [...]

  11. Malory s comprehensive adaptation of the King Arthur story has been the gold standard in the English speaking world since its publication in the 15th century Malory took the sprawling French cycles and winnowed them down to their essence, creating the definitive version of the Arthurian legend in the process His work was the inspiration behind The Once and Future King and countless other retellings Quite simply, this is the best single volume book you can read if you want to read the King Arthur [...]

  12. One of the great tragedies in the English language, it reveals on every rereading I used to think the chapter at the end, with Launcelot and Guenevere going into religious life, had a bit of a tacked on quality, but it is vital to the completion of the tale I am reminded of C S Lewis observation in Surprised by Joy on his reading of Malory in his youth The iron in Malory, the tragedy of contrition, I did not yet at all perceive I read a one volume Vinaver edition, which included some useful not [...]

  13. Locus classicus of the mythology in English This is the indispensable edition.Represents several fusions of the mythology a Gawaine centered variants such as The Alliterative Morte Arthur with Launcelot centered variants e.g Chretien b romance oriented variants the Frynsshe Booke with chronicle oriented variants Galfridus, say, or Nennius, Bede and c Celtic with Germanic and Romanic bits The juxtapositions are important, but the overall narrative achieved is something than the sum of the parts. [...]

  14. Did not read the book of Tristan Slow start, but worth the read for Morte alone I actually enjoyed the Holy Grail episode, because of its mystical tone The tale of Sir Gareth would be the easiest to pick up it s funny, fast, and follows the classic quest plot.In terms of readability, the glossary at the black is lovely, but you really should just skim until you slide into it Sound out difficult words v f and y i are largely the same letter.

  15. While difficult to read due to the archaic language, Malory s Complete Works offer an interesting and whole vision for the tale of King Arthur and his knights At times, I was surprised by the depth of character specifically, I think of Palomides and the villainy of some of the knights Overall, I would highly recommend the work to anyone who is interested in British literature, Arthurian legend, and medieval history.

  16. One of the funniest books I have ever read such a lovely sense of humour and wordplay it really does not matter whether it is fact or fiction it is so much fun.

  17. Invest the time It s worth it to enter this medieval world Malory has left us These are the tales that stay with us throughout history and continue to launch books, movies, and plays.

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