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The Lays of Marie de France
David R. Slavitt  

$16.95 Paperback
Release Date: 7/15/2013
ISBN: 9781927356357    

122 Pages

Distributed for Athabasca University Press


About the Book

The twelve "lays" of the mysterious medieval poet Marie de France are here presented in sprightly English verse by poet and translator David R. Slavitt. Traditional Breton folktales were the raw material for Marie de Franceís series of lively but profound considerations of love, life, death, fidelity and betrayal, and luck and fate. They offer acute observations about the choices that women make, startling in the late twelfth century and challenging even today. Combining a keen wit with an impressive technical bravura, the lays are a minor treasure of European culture.

... It was with some shame
that he explained how, in the wood,
he lived on whatever prey he could
capture and kill. She digested this
and then inquired of him what his
costume was in these bizarre
forays. "Lady, werewolves are
completely naked," was his reply.
She laughed at this (I canít guess why)
and asked him where he hid his clothes --
to make conversation, I suppose.

About the Author(s)

David R. Slavitt is a widely known poet, novelist, critic, and translator. He prepared these English versions of the lays of Marie de France because he loved them.

Table of Contents

Foreword- vii
Prologue- 3
I. Guigemar
I. Guigemar- 5
II. Equitan- 27
III. Le Fresne- 35
IV. Bisclavret- 47
V. Lanval- 55
VI. The Two Lovers- 71
VII. Yonec- 77
VIII. LaŁstic- 89
IX. Milun- 93
X. Chaitivel- 105
XI. Chevrefoil- 111
XII. Eliduc- 115
For Further Reading- 147


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Related Topics

Literature > Poetry
Women's Studies
History > Other

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