Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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It is now very nearly half a century since, in 1891, SirIsrael Gollancz , in his edition of Pearl, called attention to the extraordinary merits of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and made some bold suggestions as to the authorship.

Much of the leisure of his very busy life was subsequently spent upon the work of 'the Gawain poet'. In 1907 he contributed a chapter on the subject to the Cambridge History of English Literature, in 1913 he published his edition of Patience, and in 1921 his edition of Cleanness. In 1932 these were followed by St. Erkenwald. During all this time he had been working on a contemplated new edition of Sir Gawain. With this in view he had revisedMorris text of 1869 as early as 1897. This edition was left uncompleted. It is now issued, with introductory essays as well as a Bibliography by Dr. Mabel Day and Dr. Mary Serjeantson. Dr. Day has also revised and supplemented the Notes. Thanks are due to Professor Bruce Dickins for reading the proofs and contributing many helpful suggestions. Above all the Early English Text Society and every friend of Sir Israel Gollancz must be deeply indebted to Dr. Mabel Day for the way in which she has undertaken the responsible task of revising and supplementing the work of her former friend and chief.

The production of this book constitutes one of the greatest services that could be done to Middle English Studies.

R. W. C.

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