Beowulf: A Prose Translation
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Beowulf: A Prose Translation   -     By: David F. Wright

Beowulf: A Prose Translation

Penguin Random House / 1957 / Paperback

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Beowulf (probably composed in the 8th century A.D.) is our only native English heroic epic. It is written by a Christian poet addressing a Christian audience, but in the figure of Beowulf, the Scandinavian warrior, and his struggles against Monsters, he depicts the life and outlook of a pagan age. The poem is a subtle blending of themes - the conflict of good and evil, and an examination of heroism. Its skillful arrangement of incidents and use of contrst and parallel show it to be the product of a highly sophisticated culture. David Wright's idiomatic translation is designed for both the student and the general reader.

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Title: Beowulf: A Prose Translation
By: David F. Wright
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Penguin Random House
Publication Date: 1957
Weight: 4 ounces
ISBN: 0140440704
ISBN-13: 9780140440706
Stock No: WW440704
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The greatest surviving Old English poem rendered into modern prose

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.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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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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