Book Reviews of Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur

Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur
Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur
Author: Keith Baines
ISBN: 56593
Pages: 512
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I read this book in college when I took British Literature. I have always enjoyed the adventures of King Arthur and his knights. Medieval literature is one of my favorite subjects. I enjoyed the experience of reading this classic work. Malory wrote this classic work during the War of the Roses, a civil war that tore England apart. Through his prose, Malory hoped to resurrect the vision of a perfect medieval world. Keep this in mind when you read this book, and try to place yourself in the medieval era.

This copy I have (out of print copy) was well written by Keith Baines. He eliminated a lot of needless dialogue from his rendering here, but keeps the plot lines and sequence of action with integrity from earlier manuscripts and recited tales. His translation compares favourably with others, becoming a fairly standard text for good reason. Robert Graves (of 'I Claudius' fame) provides an appreciative introduction to the text. Baines himself was a poet; however, this text, accepted somewhat reluctantly, is probably his best known work.