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Book Title: The Search for King Arthur|
The author of the book: David Day
ISBN 13: 9780816033706
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.92 MB
Edition: Facts on File
Date of issue: September 1st 1995
Read full description of the books The Search for King Arthur:This book was entertaining and descriptive, with wonderful illustrations and excerpts from orginal writings, although every once in a while the author seemed to be assuming that the reader would already have a fairly broad knowledge of the Arthurian legends and romanctic tales. The book includes a timeline with significant Arthurian works listed ... but I don't think that the list is all that concise or up to date. It's at least a decade old. It does include poems, fictional books and critical texts, as well as plays and movies though. I was fascinated by the linking of characters with real historical figures, and the how's and why's of their development throughout time. For instance, how Morgan le Fay was originally depicted as a wise woman and a healer, then Medieval priests turned her into a sorcerous and later into someone so vile that she would commit incest in order to undermine and destroy Arthur's authority ... onto today with how she is depicted as a torn, pagan, premodern feminist in Marion Zimmer Bradley's "The Mists of Avalon" (which I have already written, unfavorably, about). Overall this book is excellent, although don't be fooled by the colorful pictures and bold type ... it's articulate and offers a lot to ponder upon and absorb.
Read information about the authorDavid Day (b. 14 October 1947 in Victoria, British Columbia) is a Canadian author of over forty books: poetry, natural history, ecology, mythology, fantasy, and children's literature. Internationally he is most notably known for his literary criticism on J. R. R. Tolkien and his works.
After finishing high school in Victoria, British Columbia, Day worked as a logger for five years on Vancouver Island before graduating from the University of Victoria. Subsequently he has travelled widely, most frequently to Greece and Britain.
Day has published six books of poems for adults and ten illustrated children's books of fiction and poetry. His non-fiction books on natural history include The Doomsday Book of Animals, The Whale War, Eco Wars: a Layman Guide to the Environmental Movement, Noah's Choice and most recently Nevermore: A Book of Hours - Meditations on Extinction (2012).
His Doomsday Book was a Time Magazine Book of the Year and became the basis for the 100 part animated-short TV series "Lost Animals of the 20th Century".
David Days best-selling books on the life and works of JRR Tolkien include: A Tolkien Bestiary, Tolkien: the Illustrated Encyclopedia, Tolkien's Ring, The World of Tolkien and The Hobbit Companion.
Day's Tolkien's Ring was illustrated by academy award-winning artist Alan Lee, as was Castles, The Animals Within, Gothic and Quest For King Arthur.
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