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A good reading copy
on 26 August 2010
My Gordon/Tolkien edition of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is nearly a quarter of a century old now, covered with pencil notes and getting a bit brown and dog-eared. I thought that it was high time that I invested in a good clean reading copy. This Manchester University Press edition by Barron serves that purpose very well.
A Modern English prose translation is provided opposite, but note that there is little in the way of scholarly analysis therein. There is a brief introduction and a synopsis, and some brief end notes over a few pages pertaining to particular lines of the poem itself, but oddly no Middle English glossary.
Any serious student would probably be advised to get hold of the Gordon/Tolkien work, though it's possible that other texts with a proper scholarly analysis plus glossary have appeared in the interim which I don't know about.