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The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights: From the Winchester Manuscripts of Thomas Malory & Other Sources Paperback – April 1, 1993
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Steinbeck began with primary tales that come from the first section of Mallory's text, entitled 'The Tale of King Arthur'. This tale in fact only covers the early part of Arthur's life - the search for the Holy Grail and the final battle of the death of Arthur are not included here, as they were in separate sections of Mallory's text, from which Steinbeck did not live to complete translations.
This story includes the tale of Merlin, including Merlin's 'death', Uther Pendragon and the birth of Arthur, the sword-in-the-stone event, the wedding of Arthur and Guinevere, the advent and plotting of Morgan Le Fay, and tales of three knights - Gawain, Ewain, and Marhalt. From another text of Mallory's comes 'The Noble Tale of Sir Lancelot of the Lake', including the beginning part of the love affair of Lancelot and Guinevere.Read more ›
This book is unfinished, and ends with the beginning of the romance between Guenivere and Lancelot. Steinbeck never finished it, and it's presented here edited with a collection of his letters about the book at the end. The letters are interesting, but-- sadly enough-- are no substitute for what the finished book might have been.
I truly did enjoy Steinbecks version and it looks like he kept not only the spirit of Malory alive and well but also made it much easier and enjoyable to read (I tried reading the Malory version...ugh!...I wanted to bang my head on the table). Unfortunately, though, this isn't a complete reworking of Malory's work. He covers the early stories of Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot and the earlier knights, but doesn't cover the Grail Quest nor the death of Arthur. Steinbeck just never completed the work and nobody knows why. What he did finish was published in this version. I wish Steinbeck did finish the tale because he did a fantastic job.
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I originally bought this book for my son as a required read for his High School english class. And not out of character, I ended up reading it after he did. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Tanya Ryno
Bought for daughter for school. Arrived as advertised and on time. Thank you!Published 1 month ago by c4mp1ng
One of my favorite Steinbeck works. It is what made me look more deeply into the story of Camelot. It's typically Steinbeck, written with humor and warmth, and one that I have... Read morePublished 4 months ago by B. Lewis
Steinbeck’s challenge at interpreting and transforming 15th century’s Thomas Malory’s “Morte d’Arthur” is an exciting read of the celebrated Arthurian legend... Read morePublished 7 months ago by William J. Higgins,III
This book is as incredible as you'd think. John Steinbeck's writing style blends seamlessly into his accurate description of King Arthur's work. Read morePublished 15 months ago by mouse
I love Steinbeck. Years ago I read almost every one of his books. I also love fantasy and sci fi, and the like, so the combo of the genre I love and Steinbeck's writing made it a... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
I loved Steinbeck's reason for going outside the proverbial box of the writing that brought him fame: "I just wanted to see if I could do it." He did it we'll. Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by Jennifer Yazawa