Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

ISBN: 9780571340163
Artist(s): Clive Hicks-Jenkins
Author(s): Simon Armitage
Format: hardback
Year published: 2018
Publisher: Faber & Faber Ltd
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 168
Illustrations: Illustrated in colour throughout


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When a mysterious green knight arrives unbidden at Camelot one Christmas, only the young and inexperienced Gawain is brave or foolhardy enough to take up his challenge . . .

This story, first told in the late fourteenth century, is one of the most enthralling, enigmatic and beloved poems in the English language. Simon Armitage’s version is meticulously responsive to the tact, sophistication and dramatic intensity of the original. It is as if, six hundred years apart, two poets set out on a journey through the same mesmeric landscape – physical, allegorical and acoustic – in the course of which the Gawain poet has finally found his true translator.

The poem’s key episodes have been visualised into a series of bold, richly textured screen-prints by British artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins. They are reproduced here, alongside Armitage’s revised text, to create a special edition of this marvellous classic.

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