Beowulf: An Illustrated Edition
  • Beowulf: An Illustrated Edition
  • Beowulf: An Illustrated Edition
  • Beowulf: An Illustrated Edition
  • Beowulf: An Illustrated Edition
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Beowulf: An Illustrated Edition

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by Anonymous, John D. Niles
     
 

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Seamus Heaney's best-selling ?Beowulf? is now wedded to more than one hundred glorious images.
Composed toward the end of the first millennium, Beowulf ?is the elegiac narrative of the Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel and, later, from Grendel's mother. Drawn to what he has called the "four-squareness of the… See more details below

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Seamus Heaney's best-selling ?Beowulf? is now wedded to more than one hundred glorious images.
Composed toward the end of the first millennium, Beowulf ?is the elegiac narrative of the Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel and, later, from Grendel's mother. Drawn to what he has called the "four-squareness of the utterance" in ?Beowulf ?and its immense emotional credibility Seamus Heaney gives the great epic convincing reality
But how to visualize the poet's story has always been a challenge for modern-day readers. In Beowulf: An Illustrated Edition, John D. Niles, a specialist in Old English literature, provides visual counterparts to Heaney's remarkable translation. More than one hundred full-page illustrations—Viking warships, chain mail, lyres, spearheads, even a reconstruction of the Great Hall—make visible Beowulf's world and the elemental themes of his story: death, divine power, horror, heroism, disgrace, devotion, and fame. This mysterious world is now transformed into one of material splendor as readers view its elegant goblets, dragon images, and finely crafted gold jewelry against the backdrop of the Danish landscape of its origins.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
“Accomplish[es] what before now had seemed impossible: a faithful rendering that is simultaneously an original and gripping poem in its own right.”
Neil Gaiman
“I wish that the astonishing and powerful Seamus Heaney translation of ?Beowulf ?had been available when Roger Avary and I first wrote our film script. Heaney's reading of his own Beowulf has been on my iPod for the last two years, and I play it when my blood needs stirring. This illustrated edition is possibly the finest version of Heaney's translation yet, and is the next best thing to being in the mead hall at Heorat, watching the action, with Heaney chanting it beside you.”
Hans Sauer
“The carefully selected pictures that accompany Heaney's masterful translation illustrate the heroic Scandinavian world evoked in 'Beowulf'.... They visualize its helmets, swords, warships, but also the jewelry and musical instruments, and the majestic landscape.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393330106
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/05/2007
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
244,720
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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