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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books; Reissue edition (18 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670018244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670018246
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 15.1 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,128,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. His complete works will be available in Penguin Modern Classics. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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WHEN UTHER PENDRAGON WAS KING of England his vassal, the Duke of Cornwall, was reported to have committed acts of war against the land. Read the first page
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pedro Queiroz on 14 Jan. 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is quite different from all the others I read by J. S. in style and in subject.
It reveals his passion for old epics and especially for ancient English. It is the story of King Arthur and other knights of his time, and is the result of the research Steinbeck made through several books, and not only Malory’s.
The letters in the Appendix are interesting in order to understand the process of writing the book.
The only setback of the book would be that it is not finished, and was not edited or even corrected by Steinbeck, but, as with all good books, it is not the and that matters, but the way the story is told. And, in storytelling, John Steinbeck is one of the best.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Damian Kelleher on 16 Nov. 2007
Format: Hardcover
As a child, John Steinbeck hated the written word. In the introduction to The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights, he writes, 'I remember that words - written or printed - were devils, and books, because they gave me pain, were my enemies.' These feelings changed when he was introduced to Sir Thomas Malory's epic, Le Morte d'Arthur. This massive work, composed in the 15th century, is the culmination of many of the scattered stories and references to King Arthur that had existed before then. Malory wrote this novel - one of the first in the English language - probably while he was in jail, and it remains to this day one of the most important versions of the Arthurian legend. Steinbeck never forgot Le Morte d'Arthur and, near the end of a literary career which saw him win the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Pulitzer Prize for The Grapes of Wrath, he returned to this work in an attempt to rewrite it using today's language. In parts a failure, but overall a massive success, Steinbeck's The Acts of King Arthur is a wonderful book, to be read and enjoyed if you are familiar with Malory's work or not.

It is a shame that the first part of the novel is the weakest. In the appendix to this unfinished work, which contains roughly eighty pages of letters between John Steinbeck and his literary agent, Elizabeth Otis, and also to Chase Horton, the editor of this work and Arthurian scholar, Steinbeck laments Malory's lack of focus and his attention to battles over important details of plot. The novel rushes very quickly through Uther Pendragon's war against the Duke of Cornwall, which saw him marry Igraine and sire Arthur, it rushes past Arthur pulling the sword from the stone, it rushes past the many battles between the young King Arthur and, it seems, everyone else in the world.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 8 July 2004
Format: Paperback
John Steinbeck is noted for many things - The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, East of Eden, The Pearl, Cannery Row; he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962 - most are not familiar with (or are unaware of) his literary life beyond novels. Steinbeck was an avid reader, reviewer, and turned the occasional time to translation. That is where this text comes in - Steinbeck had a long passion for the Arthurian legends. In 1958-59, he began the (still unfinished) task of reworking the tales of Arthur and his knights, spending time in England with the famous Winchester manuscripts of Mallory's 'Le Morte d'Arthur', and continuing his work in various stops and starts until his death in 1968. The text here is unfinished, and for some part unedited by Steinbeck; his literary heirs have kept the project more or less as Steinbeck left it. Hence, only part of the tales of Arthur are included here.
Steinbeck began with primary tales that come from the first section of Mallory's text, entitled 'The Tale of King Arthur'. This tale in fact only covers the early part of Arthur's life - the search for the Holy Grail and the final battle of the death of Arthur are not included here, as they were in separate sections of Mallory's text, from which Steinbeck did not live to complete translations.
This story includes the tale of Merlin, including Merlin's 'death', Uther Pendragon and the birth of Arthur, the sword-in-the-stone event, the wedding of Arthur and Guinevere, the advent and plotting of Morgan Le Fay, and tales of three knights - Gawain, Ewain, and Marhalt. From another text of Mallory's comes 'The Noble Tale of Sir Lancelot of the Lake', including the beginning part of the love affair of Lancelot and Guinevere.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 21 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
John Steinbeck is noted for many things - The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, East of Eden, The Pearl, Cannery Row; he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962 - most are not familiar with (or are unaware of) his literary life beyond novels. Steinbeck was an avid reader, reviewer, and turned the occasional time to translation. That is where this text comes in - Steinbeck had a long passion for the Arthurian legends. In 1958-59, he began the (still unfinished) task of reworking the tales of Arthur and his knights, spending time in England with the famous Winchester manuscripts of Mallory's 'Le Morte d'Arthur', and continuing his work in various stops and starts until his death in 1968. The text here is unfinished, and for some part unedited by Steinbeck; his literary heirs have kept the project more or less as Steinbeck left it. Hence, only part of the tales of Arthur are included here.
Steinbeck began with primary tales that come from the first section of Mallory's text, entitled 'The Tale of King Arthur'. This tale in fact only covers the early part of Arthur's life - the search for the Holy Grail and the final battle of the death of Arthur are not included here, as they were in separate sections of Mallory's text, from which Steinbeck did not live to complete translations.
This story includes the tale of Merlin, including Merlin's 'death', Uther Pendragon and the birth of Arthur, the sword-in-the-stone event, the wedding of Arthur and Guinevere, the advent and plotting of Morgan Le Fay, and tales of three knights - Gawain, Ewain, and Marhalt. From another text of Mallory's comes 'The Noble Tale of Sir Lancelot of the Lake', including the beginning part of the love affair of Lancelot and Guinevere.
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