The purpose of this study is to touch upon these sources only briefly and to consider in some detail the likenesses and differences of four selected versions written since the invention of the printing press. Especial emphasis will be given the handling of the three chief characters: Arthur, Guinevere, and Lancelot. The first version is the long prose one of Sir Thomas Malory called Le Morte D'Arthur, which was published by Caxton in 1485. The other three versions, modern and written in poetic form, are: Alfred, Lord Tennyson's Idylls of the King, published in 1889; Edwin Arlington Robinson's Lancelot, published in 1920; and John Masefield's Midsummer Night, published in 1928. The versions will be considered in chronological order.
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Erlandson, Ethel Elizabeth. "The Characterization of Arthur, Guinevere, and Lancelot by Malory, Tennyson, Robinson, and Masefield, with Observations of the Formal Aspects and the Philosophy in the Work of these Writers." (1938). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/engl_etds/126