Beowulf: A Prose Translation

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Beowulf stands at the head of English literature; a poem of historical interest and epic scope. Although the first manuscript of Beowulf dates from around the year 1000 CE, it is thought that the poem existed in its present form from the year 850. Beowulf's adventures themselves stand in front of the wide historical canvas of 5th and 6th century Scandinavia. Against this heroic background of feuding and feasting, Beowulf first kills the monster Grendel and her mother, and later defends his people against a dragon...

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Overview

Beowulf stands at the head of English literature; a poem of historical interest and epic scope. Although the first manuscript of Beowulf dates from around the year 1000 CE, it is thought that the poem existed in its present form from the year 850. Beowulf's adventures themselves stand in front of the wide historical canvas of 5th and 6th century Scandinavia. Against this heroic background of feuding and feasting, Beowulf first kills the monster Grendel and her mother, and later defends his people against a dragon in a battle that leaves them both mortally wounded.

The earliest extant poem in a modern European language, Beowulf was composed 400 years before the Norman Conquest. As a social document, this great epic poem reflects a feudal, newly Christian world of heroes and monsters, blood and victory and death. As a work of art, it rings with a beauty, power, and artistry that have kept it alive for more than twelve centuries.MASS MARKET PAPER

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"The way [Rosalyn Landor] phrases the majestic syntax makes this a more accessible version of the seminal classic." —-AudioFile
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140440706
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1957
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 618,887
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 7.73 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL ALEXANDER (translator) is Berry Professor of English Literature at the University of St Andrews. He has translated The Earliest English Poems, The Canterbury Tales: The First Fragment, and Beowulf for Penguin.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Beowulf 23
Afterword 123
Glossary of Names 149
Genealogies 160
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2000

    A 'Wulf' in Sheep's Clothing

    I enjoyed this translation of the thousand year old poem because. The internal battle between Beowulf and Grendel is symbolic of my own internal demons.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

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    A great edition of the classic.

    I really enjoyed this translation...it helped to read it as prose rather than poetry, as the story flowed. A great read for anyone trying to get some classics under their belt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2004

    Outstanding and full of the spirit of a people

    Terrific book. Many of us Anglo-Saxons by decent have lost touch with our roots by becoming enveloped in a generic culture with no deep values. This may be a book of a bygone age but speaks to us of the ideals held by our ancestors and for that is more valuable today than ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2003

    A good book

    Gives the heros view on the struggle with his monster. The book is catching the readers interest with a well written language. By the way has the danish king´s court been found with a chalice from the 500 c. The countryside around Gullåkra has long been haunted until 19th c by a ghost woman who appeared in a fur cape. Once upon a time she had been beheaded for a crime she had committed. See more on: http://www.expage.com/uppakra/

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    Posted March 17, 2010

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