Klaeber's Beowulf: And the Fight at Finnsburg

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Frederick Klaeber's Beowulf has long been the standard edition for study by students and advanced scholars alike. Its wide-ranging coverage of scholarship, its comprehensive philological aids, and its exceptionally thorough notes and glossary have ensured its continued use in spite of the fact that the book has remained largely unaltered since 1936. The fourth edition has been prepared with the aim of updating the scholarship while preserving the aspects of Klaeber's work that have made it useful to students of ...

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Overview

Frederick Klaeber's Beowulf has long been the standard edition for study by students and advanced scholars alike. Its wide-ranging coverage of scholarship, its comprehensive philological aids, and its exceptionally thorough notes and glossary have ensured its continued use in spite of the fact that the book has remained largely unaltered since 1936. The fourth edition has been prepared with the aim of updating the scholarship while preserving the aspects of Klaeber's work that have made it useful to students of literature, linguists, historians, folklorists, manuscript specialists, archaeologists, and theorists of culture.

A revised Introduction and Commentary incorporates the vast store of scholarship on Beowulf that has appeared since 1950. It brings readers up to date on areas of scholarship that have been controversial since the last edition, including the construction of the unique manuscript and views on the poem's date and unity of composition. The lightly revised text incorporates the best textual criticism of the intervening years, and the expanded Commentary furnishes detailed bibliographic guidance to discussion of textual cruces, as well as to modern and contemporary critical concerns. Aids to pronunciation have been added to the text, and advances in the study of the poem's language are addressed throughout. Readers will find that the book remains recognizably Klaeber's work, but with altered and added features designed to render it as useful today as it has ever been.

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Editorial Reviews

Anatoly Liberman
Revising Klaeber's Beowulf was a feat commensurate with the heroic deeds of the poem's protagonist. The new edition is a roaring success.
Fred C. Robinson
Every Beowulf scholar would want to have a copy of the new Klaeber at hand, so convenient are the superb summaries of scholarship throughout the book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802098436
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Series: Toronto Old English Studies Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

R.D. Fulk is Class of 1964 Chancellor's Professor of English at Indiana University.

Robert E. Bjork is a professor in the Department of English and director of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Arizona State University.

John D. Niles is Frederic G. Cassidy Professor of Humanities in the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Table of Contents

FRONTISPIECE: FREDERICK KLAEBER
FOREWORD BY HELEN DAMICO
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
FIGURES AND MAPS
TABLE OF ABBREVIATIONS

BEOWULF

INTRODUCTION



I. Summary of the Poem
II. Manuscript
III. The World of Monsters and Myth
IV The World of Humans
V. Christian and Heroic Values
VI. Structure and Unity
VII. Method of Narration
VIII. Mood, Tone, and Style
IX. Some Trends in Literary Criticism
X. Language and Poetic Form
XI. Date, Origins, Influences, Genre
XII. The Present Edition

TEXT, WITH APPARATUS OF VARIANTS
COMMENTARY

THE FIGHT AT FINNSBURG

INTRODUCTION
PLATE OF HICKES’S EDITION
TEXT, WITH APPARATUS OF VARIANTS
COMMENTARY

APPENDICES



A. PARALLELS (ANALOGUES AND ILLUSTRATIVE PASSAGES)
B. INDEX OF REFERENCES TO EARLY GERMANIC CULTURE
C. TEXTUAL CRITICISM
D. THE TEXTS OF Waldere AND THE OLD HIGH GERMAN Hildebrandslied

GLOSSARY
GLOSSARY OF Beowulf AND The Fight at Finnsburg
PROPER NAMES
WORKS CITED

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