Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Simon Armitage - signed hardback
This new edition of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is signed by the author, Simon Armitage. It features a revised (or in the poet's words, 'digitally remastered') text of Armitage's Gawain translation and very beautiful illustrations. The poem's key episodes have been visualised into a series of bold, richly textured screen-prints by British artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins. This special copy of a marvellous classic is 1st edition, not 1st printing.
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.