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William Langland's Piers Plowman : the C version : a verse translation

Author: William Langland; George Economou
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [1996] ©1996
Series: Middle Ages series.
Edition/Format:   Book : Poetry : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"William Langland's Piers Plowman is one of the major poetic monuments of medieval England and of world literature. Probably composed between 1372 and 1389, the poem survives in three distinct versions. It is known to modern readers largely through the middle of the three, the so-called B-text. Now, George Economou's verse translation of the poet's third version makes available for the first time in modern English  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Langland; George Economou
ISBN: 0812233239 9780812233230 0812215613 9780812215618
OCLC Number: 35159264
Description: xxxiv, 262 pages ; 24 cm.
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Series Title: Middle Ages series.
Other Titles: Piers Plowman
Piers Plowman :
Responsibility: by George Economou.

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"A gifted poet has given us an astute, adroit, vigorous, inviting, eminently readable translation... The challenging gamut of Langland's language ... has here been rendered with blessed energy and  Read more...

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