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The Life of Merlin, Vita Merlini (Forgotten Books) by Geoffrey of Monmouth
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2.0 out of 5 stars Literal translation, 11 Dec 2010
This is a reprint of JJ Parry's very literal prose translation from the 1920s, which was originally published as a parallel to a scholarly edition of the Latin text. The English is very stiff and dry -- in fairness, though, it was not really meant to be read just in English but was created as a sort of crib for the Latin.

For a livelier, more up-to-date version in English try Mark Walker's new verse translation instead: The Life of Merlin.

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