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on 31 May 2012
The works in this book are widely acknowledged of one of the most beautiful verse in Middle English. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Pearl, in particular, share beautiful ornate language that paints vivid pictures of the scenery. Pearl, moreover, contains one of the most sentimental portrayals of grief and is heart-breaking at points. It is certainly worth reading in the original.
This particular edition was recommended to me by my tutor at university and I found it especially helpful. The editor, J. J. Anderson, has added useful notes to help you understand the text better than you would yourself at first glance.
Moreover, it is one of the few versions which provide all the works by the Gawain-poet (or Pearl-poet) together.
It is a real shame the book is out of print and only available second hand, given that it is such a widely used and recommended text for students.
(Another great edition for Pearl, is that by E. V. Gordon.)