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This article is from the Arthurian Booklist FAQ, by Cindy Tittle Moore tittle@io.com with numerous contributions by others.

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St. John, Nicole [Norma Johnston]. Guinever's Gift. New York: Random
House, 1977. An archaeologist and his assistants recreate the
Arthurian love triangle.

Sampson, Fay, Daughter of Tintagel. Headline Book Publishing, London,
U.K. ISBN 0-7472-3894-4. This is a omnibus volume of 5 separate
volumes: Wise Woman's Telling, White Nun's Telling, Black Smith's
Telling, Taliesin's Telling, Herself. Here's what the book jacket
reads: The bards have sung this tale the length and breadth of
Britain. The story of the momentous birth of the legendary Arthur -
the story of the fear, hate and love between him and his half-sister
Morgan the Fay. But never before have there been five tellings, each
by a witness to the mythical events: Gwennol Far-Sight, Morgan's
childhood nurse and a wise woman in the ways of sacred pagan magic.
Luned, the young white nun, who fears her own soul has been contamined
by Morgan's passions. Teilo, who was once a proud and powerful Smith
of the Old Religion, condemned to live as a woman amongst Morgan's
maids, because of his unwise ambition. The bard Taliesin, bred to sing
of war and red slaughter and glorious death. And finally Morgan the
Fay herself speaks, the Goddess, the witch, whose story has
shape-shifted down the centuries, a force for destruction or a force
for healing...?

Seare, Nicholas, Rude Tales and Glorious (Clarkson N. Potter, Inc.,
New York, 1983. Hardback). [Out of Print] Classic rendition. Title
says it all. This is a retelling of the Arthurian tales. Merlin is a
two bit con artist/pimp, Gwen is a whore that enjoys giving out free
samples, Arthur is Merlin's assistant. It is a riot. Seare is a pen
name for a well known author as yet unrevealed. Speculation centers on
Rodney Whitaker (source William Poundstone, Biggest Secrets).

Service, Pamela F., Winter of Magic's Return, Tomorrow's Magic
(Atheneum, New York, 1987). Five hundred years after the Devastation
destroys modern civilization, the young Merlin and two friends succeed
in bringing back King Arthur to Britain in the grip of a nuclear
winter and together they struggle to build a new and better society
despite the evil plotting of Morgan Le Fay. Juvenile fiction.

Shwartz, Susan, The Grail of Hearts (New York: Tor Books, 1992, ISBN
0-312-85176-6/hardcover). Arthurian; also concerned with the Parsifal
legend and the Wandering Jew, whom Shwartz portrays as a woman.

Sobol, Donald J. Greta the Strong. Chicago, Follet Publishing, 1970.

Stone, Eugenia, Page boy for King Arthur, (illustrated by Rafaello
Busoni. Chicago : Follett Publishing Co., c1949).

Stone, Eugenia, Squire for King Arthur, (illustrated by Rafaello
Busoni. Chicago : Follett Pub. Co., 1955).

Stafford, Greg, and others. King Arthur Pendragon. (Chaosium Inc.,
950-A 56th Street, Oakland, CA 94608. ISBN: 0-933635-59-1.) Other
books in the same series: The Boy King, by Greg Stafford, ISBN
0-933635-78-8; The King Arthur Companion, by Phyllis Ann Karr, ISBN
0-993635-17-6; Knights Adventurous, by Greg Stafford, ISBN
0-933635-70-2. This is part of an excellent role playing game, but the
books are worth reading by themselves as well. There are several books
the game is made of, purchaseable separately. Most of it is a very
detailed glossary of people in the various versions of the saga (with
primacy to Mallory's), but almost half of it is spent on similar
glossaries of notable places, of special "things", and many other
fascinating tidbits, such as an attempt at a self-consistent
chronology of Arthur's reign, and so on.

Steinbeck, John, The Acts of King Arthur and his Noble Knights (Del
Rey. Paperback.) Rendition of Le Morte D'Arthur into modern day
English. Not complete.

Steinbeck, John, Tortilla Flat. Patterned after Malory.

Stewart, Mary, The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last
Enchantment, and The Wicked Day (Fawcett Crest.) A modern retelling of
the legend, almost classic in their own right. The first three are
narrated by Merlin, and the last in third person.

Stone, Brian, translater. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. (Penguin
Books, many reprints. c1959. ISBN 0-14-044092-5.) Beautiful
translation.

Sutcliff, Rosemary, Sword at Sunset (Coward-McCann, Inc, New York,
1963. Hardcover and paperback available.) A telling of Arthur as he
might actually have been, a local Celtic warlord.

Sutcliff, Rosemary, The Light Beyond the Forest (1979) and The Sword
in the Circle (1981) (London: Bodley Head.) You can see from the dates
that these are somewhat later than her adult novel Sword at Sunset.
They are technically "young adult" titles.

Sutcliff, Rosemary, The road to Camlann (1st ed. New York : Dutton,
1982). The evil Mordred, plotting against his father King Arthur,
implicates the Queen and Sir Lancelot in treachery and brings about
the downfall of Camelot and the Round Table. "Young adult."

Sutcliff, Rosemary. The Lantern Bearers. New York: Henry Z. Walck,
1959. Prequel to Sword at Sunset.

Sutcliff, Rosemary. ristan and Iseult. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1991
(First published: 1971).

Sutcliff, Rosemary and Taylor, Anna. Drustan the Wanderer: A Novel
Based on the Legend of Tristan and Isolde. Harlow, England: Longman,
1971; New York: Saturday Review Press, 1972.

Sutcliff, Rosemary and Taylor, Keith. Bard. New York: Ace Books, 1981.
Portions of this novel appeared in Fanstastic Stories, 1975, published
under the pseudonym Dennis More.

 

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