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Beowulf

Author: Stephen Mitchell
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Beowulf tells the story of a Scandinavian hero who defeats three evil creatures--a huge, cannibalistic ogre named Grendel, Grendel's monstrous mother, and a dragon--and then dies, mortally wounded during his last encounter. If the definition of a superhero is "someone who uses his special powers to fight evil," then Beowulf is our first English superhero story, and arguably our best. It is also a deeply pious poem,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Named Person: Beowulf, King of the Geats; Grendel, (Monster); Beowulf, King of the Geats.; Grendel, (Monster)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Mitchell
ISBN: 0300228880 9780300228885
OCLC Number: 982566515
Language Note: Parallel text on facing pages in Anglo-Saxon (Old English) and English.
Description: xxxi, 225 pages : map, genealogical tables ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
About this translation --
About the text --
A note on pronunciation --
Map: the geography of Beowulf --
Beowulf --
Appendix: Genealogical tables --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Acknowledgments.
Other Titles: Beowulf.
Beowulf.
Responsibility: translated by Stephen Mitchell.

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"Beowulf tells the story of a Scandinavian hero who defeats three evil creatures--a huge, cannibalistic ogre named Grendel, Grendel's monstrous mother, and a dragon--and then dies, mortally wounded during his last encounter. If the definition of a superhero is "someone who uses his special powers to fight evil," then Beowulf is our first English superhero story, and arguably our best. It is also a deeply pious poem, so bold in its reverence for a virtuous pagan past that it teeters on the edge of heresy. From beginning to end, we feel we are in the hands of a master storyteller. Stephen Mitchell's marvelously clear and vivid rendering re-creates the robust masculine music of the original. It both hews closely to the meaning of the Old English and captures its wild energy and vitality, not just as a deep "work of literature" but also as a rousing entertainment that can still stir our feelings and rivet our attention today, after more than a thousand years. This new translation--spare, sinuous, vigorous in its narration, and translucent in its poetry--makes a masterpiece accessible to everyone." -- Publisher's description.

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