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Title QuotedSir Gawain and the Green Knight
Date (Year/Month/Day)1940/10/26
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1380?
Quotationread Sir Gawain and the Green Knight again today and it is one of the best books in the world, the gayest and the most healthy. Men in my class, realizing confusedly in an exam that it had so much more value than Beowulf, and was therefore truer in an ideal sense, groping for an explanation of this experience, could only catch on to the one criterion they knew, and described it as if it were truer in the literal sense, andmore naturalistic and realistic... But even better than Sir Gawain is the Book of Tobias: these two are, at present, my two favorite stories, but the Book of Tobias leaves me, every time, breathless, with all the depth of its symbols and analogies.
JournalRun to the mountain: The Story of a Vocation. The journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 1, 1939-1941.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1995, p. 243
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