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 (the best-known of which is Gawain and the Green Knight) for 30 years. Now, with the changing needs of today's student in mind, the editors have undertaken the most comprehensive revision of the book since its inception.The revised edition includes a new introduction providing historical, literary and cultural contexts for the poems. It also incorporates a revised and updated bibliography, minor changes to the text and glossary, and significant revision and updating of the explanatory notes. In addition the authors have provided for the first time a complete prose translation of the four poems for students to use as a working tool. This is included on a CD-ROM at the back of the book.
About the Author
Malcolm Andrew is Professor Emeritus of English Language and Literature, he began teaching at Queen's University Belfast in 1985 and retired in 2007. He had also served as Head of School, Dean of Humanities and Pro-Vice-Chancellor. He was convener of the English language board of the Arts and Humanities Research Board for several years. Ronald Waldron is Emeritus Reader in English Language and Medieval Literature, King's College, University of London. An expert in the field of early English literature, Ronald Waldron has written many books and lectured at the University of Aarhus in Denmark and King's College 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."—Parergon
"The fifth edition, overall, is a tremendous achievement, and secures Andrew and Waldon as the authoritative critical text and student edition of these poems."