Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Faber Members)

Simon Armitage
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ISBN 9780571326389 Format Hardback
Published 16/07/2015 Length 128 pages

About Book

Discover one of the earliest great stories of English literature in this beautiful, signed Collectors’ Edition.

Each copy of Simon Armitage's thrilling and accessible translation has been signed by the author, exclusively for Faber Members. Simon, a Faber poet for almost thirty years, was recently appointed Oxford Professor of Poetry.

This Faber Members Collectors' edition has been printed by the traditional lithographic method on a small, sheetfed, Heidelberg press, using premium woodfree paper. Each book is sewn and bound by hand, using a quarter-bound case of real cloth and printed panels front and back, featuring foil blocking and matt lamination. The books are finished with full colour printed endpapers, head and tail bands and a ribbon marker.

Preserved on a single surviving manuscript dating from around 1400, composed by an anonymous master, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was rediscovered only 200 years ago, and published for the first time in 1839. The poem narrates the strange tale Sir Gawain – a Knight of the Round Table – and his quest for the Green Knight, involving a winter journey, a seduction scene in a dream-like castle, a dire challenge answered – and a drama of enigmatic reward disguised as psychic undoing.

  • About Simon Armitage

    Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield. A recipient of numerous prizes and awards, he has published eleven collections of poetry, including Paper Aeroplane: Selected Poems 1989-2014. He also writes extensively for television and radio and is the author of two novels and the non-fiction bestsellers All Points North (1998), Walking Home (2012), and Walking Away (2015). His theatre works include The Last Days of Troy, performed at Shakespeare's Globe in 2014. In 2010 he received the CBE for services to poetry and in 2015 was appointed Professor of Poetry at Oxford University.

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