For students of Middle English, Andrew and Waldron’s The Poems of the Pearl Manuscript has been the key edition of the four Pearl poems for over thirty years. With the changing needs of today’s university student in mind, The Poems of the Pearl Manuscript is presented in a fully updated and comprehensively revised version fit for the twenty-first century. Including a new introduction providing historical, literary, and cultural contexts for the poems, as well as a revised and updated bibliography, the fully revised Fifth Edition significantly revises and updates the explanatory notes, as well as makes minor changes to the text and glossary themselves. In addition, the authors have provided for the first time a complete prose translation of the four poems—Pearl, Cleanness, Patience, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight—included on a CD-ROM at the back of the book for students to use as a working tool. This timely revision ensures the continued quality and consummate translation that students and scholars have come to expect from the Andrew-Waldron edition.
About the Author
Malcolm Andrew is professor of English language and literature at Queen’s University Belfast. Ronald Waldron is reader emeritus in English language and medieval literature at Kings College, University of London.
"I recommend to readers this revision of an edition that several generations of students and teachers have preceded me in endorsing. In a book of manageable size, the editors have succeeded in reconciling reliable scholarship with modern accessibility, and in balancing attention to individual poems with encouragement to explore the Gawain-corpus as a whole. Their edition provides a setting that can only deepen twenty-first-century appreciation for these luminous Middle English poems."—Cheryl Taylor, Parergon
— Cheryl Taylor
"The fifth edition, overall, is a tremendous achievement, and secures Andrew and Waldon as the authoritative critical text and student edition of these poems."