Beowulf

Author:   Michael Alexander ,  Michael Alexander
Publisher:   Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN:  

9780140449310


Pages:   208
Publication Date:   27 February 2003
Format:   Paperback
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Beowulf is the greatest surviving work of literature in Old English, unparalleled in its epic grandeur and scope. It tells the story of the heroic Beowulf and of his battles, first with the monster Grendel, who has laid waste to the great hall of the Danish king Hrothgar, then with Grendel's avenging mother, and finally with a dragon that threatens to devastate his homeland. Through its blend of myth and history, Beowulf vividly evokes a twilight world in which men and supernatural forces live side by side. And it celebrates the endurance of the human spirit in a transient world. Alexander's translation is marked by a conviction that it is possible to be both ambitious and faithful and ...communicates the poem with a care which goes beyond fidelity-to-meaning and reaches fidelity of implication. May it go on ... to another half-million copies. - Tom Shippey, Bulletin of the International Association of University Professors of English

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Author:   Michael Alexander ,  Michael Alexander
Publisher:   Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint:   Penguin Classics
Dimensions:   Width: 12.90cm , Height: 1.20cm , Length: 19.80cm
Weight:   0.157kg
ISBN:  

9780140449310


ISBN 10:   0140449310
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   27 February 2003
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Language:   English

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Michael Alexander recently retired from the chair of English Literature at the University of St Andrews. For Penguin he has translated, The Earliest English Poems, The Canterbury Tales- The First Fragment, as well as a prose translation of Beowulf. His verse translations of The Earliest English Poems and Beowulf have sold over half a million copies in Penguin, for whom he has also edited Beowulf and The Canterbury Tales- The First Fragment.

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