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Langland, William 1330?-1400?

Overview
Works: 485 works in 1,746 publications in 4 languages and 39,467 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Glossaries, vocabularies, etc  Sources  Manuscripts  Controlled vocabularies  Religious poetry  Romances  Allegories 
Roles: Author, Editor, Compiler
Classifications: PR2013, 821.1
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Most widely held works about William Langland
 
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Piers the Plowman by William Langland( Book )

321 editions published between 1450 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 9,360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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 the final revision of a work that many have regarded as the greatest Christian poem in our language." "With its formal singularity, epic-scale vision, and enormous richness of content, this allegorical poem of the late fourteenth century has seized the imagination and interest of a growing and appreciative audience in the twentieth. Langland's remarkable powers of invention and his passionate involvement with the spiritual, social, and political crises of his time lay claim to our attention, and demand serious comparison with Dante's Divine Comedy. Economou's translation preserves the intensity of the poet's verse and the narrative energy of his alliterative long line, the immediacy of the original's story of the quest for salvation, and the individuality of its language and wordplay. Book jacket."--Jacket
Piers Plowman by William Langland( Book )

8 editions published between 1960 and 2011 in English and held by 905 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The fourteenth-century Piers Plowman is one of the most influential poems from the Age of Chaucer. Following the character Will on his quest for the true Christian life, the three dream narratives that make up this work address a number of pressing political, social, moral, and educational issues of the late Middle Ages. Míceál F. Vaughan presents a fresh edition of the A version, an earlier and shorter version of this great work. Unlike the B and C versions, there is no modern, affordable edition of the A version available. For the first time in decades, students and scholars of medieval literature now have access to this important work. Vaughan's clean, uncluttered text is accompanied by ample glossing of difficult Middle English words. An expansive introduction, which includes a narrative summary of the poem, textual notes, detailed endnotes, and a select bibliography frame the text, making this edition ideal for classroom use. This is the first classroom edition of the A version since Thomas A. Knott and David C. Fowler's celebrated 1952 publication. Based on an early-fifteenth-century manuscript from the University of Oxford's Bodleian Library, Vaughan's text offers a unique rendition of the poem, and it is the first modern edition not to attribute the poem to William Langland. By conservatively editing one important witness of Piers Plowman, Vaughan takes a new generation of students to an early version of this great medieval poem."--Publisher's website
The book concerning Piers the plowman by William Langland( Book )

15 editions published between 1907 and 1970 in English and held by 846 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The vision of William concerning Piers the Plowman in three parallel texts : together with Richard the Redeless by William Langland( Book )

41 editions published between 1886 and 2001 in English and English, Middle and held by 785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Piers the Plowman : a critical edition of the A-version by William Langland( Book )

9 editions published between 1952 and 1972 in English and held by 769 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An authoritative edition which contains a historical introduction, explanatory notes, textual notes and a glossary. A full-bodied presentation of the A-version of the poem
Piers Plowman : the prologue and passus I-VII of the B text as found in Bodleian MS. Laud Misc. 581 by William Langland( Book )

29 editions published between 1972 and 1989 in English and English, Middle and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Piers Plowman : a new translation of the B-text by William Langland( Book )

13 editions published between 1959 and 2011 in English and English, Middle and held by 521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a reissue of the previous World's Classics edition
The vision of Pierce Plowman by William Langland( )

31 editions published in 1550 in English and held by 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Will's visions of Piers Plowman, do-well, do-better, and do-best by William Langland( Book )

18 editions published between 1975 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This definitive edition of the C Version of Piers Plowman presents the poem in its second, uncompleted revision. Its base is the text in Huntington Library MS 143, corrected and restored from the evidence of all known manuscripts of the C tradition to that of the first fair copy of the poet's revision materials. The correction and restoration are described in an extensive Introduction, and there is a full apparatus of variant readings
Mum and the sothsegger( Book )

13 editions published between 1936 and 2001 in English and English, Middle and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Will's vision of Piers Plowman by William Langland( Book )

10 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Donaldson--one of the century's most distinguished medieval scholars--began his career working on Piers and continued studying it all his life. His translation not only skillfully reproduces the alliterative verse of the original, but also reanimates the poem in all its mercurial changes: lyrical, mystical, satirical--and funny. Elizabeth Kirk and Judith Anderson have supplied helpful notes and glossary, and an introduction. Both the translation and the apparatus open up the poem's world for every reader"--Back cover
Piers Plowman : the Z version by William Langland( Book )

3 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Piers Plowman: the vision of a peoples Christ by William Langland( Book )

20 editions published between 1912 and 1931 in English and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Piers Plowman : selections from the B-text as found in Bodleian Ms. Laud Misc. 581 by William Langland( Book )

15 editions published in 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The vision of William concerning Piers Plowman : together with Vita de Dowel, Dobet, et Dobest by William Langland( Book )

49 editions published between 1867 and 2000 in English and English, Middle and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Piers Plowman by William Langland( Book )

6 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Piers Plowman : a parallel-text edition of the A, B, C and Z versions by William Langland( Book )

10 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English, Middle and English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Piers Plowman : the Donaldson translation, Middle English text, sources and backgrounds, criticism by William Langland( Book )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Piers Plowman is one of the most significant works of medieval literature. Astonishing in its cultural and theological scope, William Langland's iconoclastic masterpiece is at once a historical relic and a deeply spiritual vision, probing not only the social and religious aristocracy but also the day-to-day realities of a largely voiceless proletariat class. E. Talbot Donaldson's translation of the text has been selected for this Norton Critical Edition because of its skillful emulation of the original poem's distinct alliterative verse. Selections of the authoritative Middle English text are also included for comparative analysis. "Sources and Backgrounds" includes a large collection of contemporary religious and historical documents pertaining to the poem, including selections from the Douai Bible, accounts of the plague, and legal statutes. "Criticism" includes twenty interpretive essays by leading medievalists, among them E. Talbot Donaldson, George Kane, Jill Mann, Derek Pearsall, C. David Benson, and Elizabeth D. Kirk. A Glossary and Selected Bibliography are also included."--Publisher's website
The vision of William concerning Piers Plowman, together with Vita de Dowel, Dobet, et Dobest, secundum Wit et Resoun by William Langland( Book )

11 editions published between 1873 and 1968 in English and English, Middle and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Piers the Plowman
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Piers PlowmanThe vision of William concerning Piers the Plowman in three parallel texts : together with Richard the RedelessPiers Plowman : a new translation of the B-textWill's visions of Piers Plowman, do-well, do-better, and do-bestMum and the sothseggerWill's vision of Piers PlowmanThe vision of William concerning Piers Plowman : together with Vita de Dowel, Dobet, et DobestPiers Plowman
Alternative Names
Langland, Robert, 1330?-1400?

Langland, Uĭli?a︡m, 1330?-1400?

Langland, Uĭli︠a︡m, 1330?-1400?

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