This timely new edition of Beowulf strives to retain the four distinctive features of the previous editions: textual conservatism, concise presentation, concentration on the needs of literary students, and Wrenn's superb erudition and experience. For the most part it leaves intact Wrenn's basic intentions and editorial decisions; with rare exceptions, they have been altered only because of new evidence that Wrenn could not have seen.
Introduction1. The Manuscript2. The Title3. The Text4. Date and Place of Origin5. Narrative Content6. Verse-Technique7. Structure and Theme Select Bibliography List of Abbreviations BeowulfThe Finnesburg Fragment Glossary