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Author: Joseph Bédier Narrator: Claire Bloom Publisher: Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781783940844
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A tale of chivalry and doomed, transcendent love, Tristan and Iseult is one of the most resonant works of Western literature, as well as the basis for our enduring idea of romance. The story of the Cornish knight and the Irish princess who meet by deception, fall in love by magic, and pursue that love in defiance of heavenly and earthly law has inspired artists from Matthew Arnold to Richard Wagner, and continues to endure in the minds of artists today.

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About the Author

Joseph Bédier (1864-1938) was born in Paris, France. He was a professor of medieval French literature at the Université de Fribourg, Switzerland and the Collège de France, Paris. Modern theories of the fabliaux and the chansons de geste are based on two of Bédier's studies.

Bédier revived interest in several important old French texts, including Le roman de Tristan et Iseut (The Story of Tristan and Iseult). He was a member of the French Academy from 1920 until his death. Bédier was also joint editor of the two-volume Littérature française, one of the most valuable modern general histories of French literature. He was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1929. He died in Le Grand-Serre, France.

About the Narrator

Claire Bloom, CBE, is an English film and stage actress, known for leading roles in plays such as Streetcar Named Desire, A Doll’s House, and Long Day’s Journey into Night, along with nearly sixty films and countless television roles, during a career spanning over six decades. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 Queen’s birthday honors for services to drama.