The Lays of Marie de France by David R. SlavittThe Lays of Marie de France by David R. Slavitt

The Lays of Marie de France

Translated byDavid R. Slavitt

Paperback | April 1, 2013

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The twelve "lays" of Marie de France, the earliest known French woman poet, are here presented in sprightly English verse by poet/translator David R. Slavitt. These old Breton folk tales were the raw material for Marie de France's series of lively but profound considerations of love, life, death, fidelity and betrayal, and luck and fate. They are acute observations about the different kinds of choices women make, startling in the late twelfth century and challenging even today. The lays, which combine a woman's wisdom with an impressive technical bravura, are a minor treasure of European culture.
Born in White Plains, New York, David R. Slavitt is a poet, translator, novelist, critic, and journalist. The author of more than one hundred published works, Slavitt is noted for his witty and vivid translations of some of the most challenging poetic works.
Title:The Lays of Marie de FranceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:122 pages, 8.5 × 5.55 × 0.42 inPublished:April 1, 2013Publisher:Athabasca University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1927356350

ISBN - 13:9781927356357


Table of Contents


I Guigemar

II Equitan

III Le Fresne (The Ash Tree)

IV Bisclavret (The Werewolf)

V Lanval

VI Les Deux Amants (The Two Lovers)

VII Yonec

VIII Lastic (The Nightingale)

IX Milun

X Chaitivel (The Unhappy One)

XI Chevrefoil (The Honeysuckle)

XII Eliduc