My son is part of a small, creative school that has been very strong in pedagogy and still growing when it comes to infrastructure. Part of this is a library that is coming together bits by bits through hard work, focussed yard sale haunting, and the raiding of other people’s libraries. It works in that typically the books are pretty good, but it is a slow process.
Recently a donor has offered a $250 (CDN) donation with a peculiar purpose: to secure Middle English books in honour of a recently deceased college prof who was himself a student of C.S. Lewis’. I was asked to take this on. Instead of making it up myself, I thought I would throw the building of this list out to the community. You have, I’m sure, a better sense of what is ideal and what will lure unsuspecting teens into this part of the library.
I haven’t done this before, but I am making this a living blog post. As you add ideas in the comments (or on facebook pages where I know it is shared), I will add to the list. I’ll also prioritize it based on your comments here. The dollar amount is low, but some more common things are easier to find used or free than more obscure things. But I doubt there will be any gold embossed leather bound critical editions on the list.
Thanks in advance for the help. And do note that if you are tempted to offer books to the school, we would love that (given they are good quality), but shipping is pretty costly to Canada. Get an estimate and see if you want to donate that before imagining it is like your own intra-national shipping.
So … let’s build this library!
The List Has Begun
Here are the Suggestions: feel free to add your own. And be sure to vote for certain things so I can make the right decisions.
- Various editions of Gawain (Brian Stone’s edition has been donated–what are other good ones?)
- Simon Armitage’s The Death of King Arthur (which is verse and parallel with the ME); has anyone looked at Armitage’s other ME work?
- We have been donated a Complete Poetry & Prose of Chaucer (Fisher)
- Does anyone know about good parallel editions like Seamus Heaney’s Beowulf?
- York Mystery Plays A Selection in Modern Spelling
- Walter Hylton/Hilton (Ladder/Scale of Perfection)
- Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love
- Rolle of Hampole’s Fire of Love
- Anonymous, The Cloud of Unknowing
- The Book of Margery Kempe
- Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Histories
- The Mabinogion
- Gower’s Confessio Amantis
- Langland’s Piers Plowman
- The works of the Pearl Poet
- The Ancrene Wisse
- Tolkien’s translation of Pearl, Sir Gawain & the Green Knight, and Sir Orfeo
- Marie Borroff’s translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
- See note on Medieval Morality Plays in comments
- See also Penguin volume called Medieval English Verse
- Burrow & Turville-Petre, A Book of Middle English (3rd ed.)
- Donald Sands’ Middle English Verse Romances
- Garbaty, Medieval English Literature