Malory - Edited by Marylyn Jackson ParinsLondon & New York: Routledge, 1988, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sunned at the spine. Private book stamp to the pastedown. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
From the cover: “Malory: The Critical Heritage provides a chronological record of various evaluations of the Morte d’Arthur ranging from Caxton’s Preface of 1485 to George Saintsbury in 1912. Drawn from the comments of Malory’s numerous editors, of literary historians, bibliographers and scholars, of poets, novelists and men of letters, and of reviewers for influential periodicals, these accounts provide valuable insights into the ways in which the Morte d’Arthur and its author were perceived over a long period. The collection is particularly useful in making available to the student and scholar critical material from a number of sources now difficult of access.
Reflecting proportionately the surviving critical material of four centuries, the bulk of the criticism is drawn from the nineteenth century — and appropriately so, given that period’s Arthurian revival with its renewed interest in the Morte d’Arthur. These extracts are of particular interest not only in addressing many concerns of modern Malory scholarship (structure, style, theme, sources, and so on) but also in providing a record of increasing recognition and critical appreciation of Malory’s genius.
The Introduction discusses publication history of the Morte d’Arthur, provides analysis of several trends observable in the critical record, furnishes a background of social, political and literary influences that affected these evaluations of the Morte d’Arthur, and presents a brief survey of major scholarship in the twentieth century following the discovery of the Winchester manuscript.”