"The Lay of the Last Minstrel" is, in itself, a lovely poem. This is a horrible edition, for three reasons:
1) Construction. This paperback edition was made, apparently, by folding 11x17 printer paper in half and gluing it together. It's an untidy way to package a book - it feels more like a substantial magazine. What's worse, the construction feels cheap: I doubt very much that it will hold together for multiple readings.
2) Some versions of the "Lay" come with substantial annotation: this is necessary for the modern reader. Even the Collected Poetical Works edition has *some* glossing for archaic terminology and historical trivia. Somehow, this edition presents none of that.
3) It's absolutely packed with errors. Some of these can be explained by bad scan-to-print software (for instance, and if we're being generous, "Chef" for "Chief" and "staghours" for "staghounds"). But some are simply inexplicable. To take one example: I.XIX concludes:
Should tame the Unicorn's pride,
Exalt the Crescent and the Star.
This edition reads
Should tame the
The reader can't help but feel that something important has been left out. Oh well. Caveat lector, I suppose.
- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Nabu Press (25 September 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1246731487
- ISBN-13: 978-1246731484
- Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.2 x 24.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 395 g
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