Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
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Series: Penguin Classics   
Annotation: Arthurian legend tells how Sir Gawain accepts a challenge from the mysterious green knight which involves a sinister game of beheading and temptation.
Genre: [Poetry]
Catalog Number: #272391
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 1972
Edition Date: 1972
Pages: 176 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-14-042295-1 Perma-Bound: 0-605-79636-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-14-042295-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-79636-2
Dewey: 821
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [13]-14).
Word Count: 19,479
Reading Level: 5.9
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.9 / points: 3.0 / quiz: 82260 / grade: Middle Grades

A classic of early English literature, by an anonymous poet from the time of Chaucer 

Although the date of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is uncertain, and we know nothing about the author, its composition is roughly contemporary with Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales in the latter part of the fourteenth century. It is a remarkably subtle and accomplished poem, in which the hero's knightly virtues of courage, courtesy and fidelity are put to the test in a strange adventure involving a huge green knight on a green horse, a winter journey, a lady in a mysterious castle and a challenge answered. It ranks as one of the greatest works of the English Middle Ages and perhaps the greatest triumph of the English alliterative tradition.

Unlike The Canterbury Tales, however, Sir Gawain is written in a dialect belonging to Cheshire, Lancashire or Staffordshire, and this seems more remote to the modern reader than Chaucer's London language. The aim of this edition has been to remove unnecessary impediments while retaining the integrity of the original. Notes and a glossary have been provided to assist an informed, critical reading of the text.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.



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