William Morris: Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair

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As William Morris’s daughter May pointed out in her introduction to the seventeenth volume of her father’s Collected Works in 1913, Morris's late prose romance Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair is a loose adaptation of the thirteenth-century English poetical romance, Havelok the Dane. She recounts that her father once explained that the way to retell a story is to “read it through […] then shut the book and write it out again as a new story for yourself” (xxxix). Indeed, Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair is at a rather far remove from its original. Characters and countries have new names, important people disappear while others emerge, and there are vast regions of meaning …

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Boenig, Robert. "Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 November 2006
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