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Raffel, Burton

Works: 161 works in 656 publications in 2 languages and 52,128 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Juvenile works  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Romances  Outlines and syllabi  Poetry  Fiction  Legends  Graphic novels 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Performer, Compiler, Author of introduction
Classifications: PR2825.A2, 822.33
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Publications about Burton Raffel
Publications by Burton Raffel
Most widely held works by Burton Raffel
Beowulf by Burton Raffel( Book )
35 editions published between 1963 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,939 libraries worldwide
This translation of the ninth-century epic poem, considered the first great work of English literature, was originally intended for non-native speakers of English with the intention of reducing difficulties present in the Old English style
Yvain, the Knight of the Lion by Chrétien( Book )
11 editions published between 1916 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 711 libraries worldwide
A twelfth-century poem by the creator of the Arthurian romance describes the courageous exploits and triumphs of a brave lord who tries to win back his deserted wife's love
Hamlet by William Shakespeare( Book )
13 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 567 libraries worldwide
"One of the most frequently read and performed of all stage works, Shakespeare's Hamlet is unsurpassed in its complexity and richness. Now the most extensively annotated version of Hamlet to date makes the play completely accessible to readers in the twenty-first century. It has been carefully assembled with students, teachers, and the general reader in mind." "Eminent linguist and translator Burton Raffel offers generous help with vocabulary and usage of Elizabethan English, pronunciation, prosody, and alternative readings of phrases and lines. His on-page annotations provide readers with all the tools they need to comprehend the play and begin to explore its many possible interpretations. This version of Hamlet is unparalleled for its thoroughness and adherence to sound historical linguistics." "In his introduction, Raffel offers important background on the origins and previous versions of the Hamlet story, along with an analysis of the characters Hamlet and Ophelia. And in a concluding essay, Harold Bloom meditates on the originality of Shakespeare's achievement. The book also includes a careful selection of items for further reading."--Jacket
Poems and prose from the Old English by Burton Raffel( Book )
10 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 557 libraries worldwide
Perceval : the story of the grail by Chrétien( Book )
8 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 502 libraries worldwide
This is the story of the Grail. Perceval progresses from a naive boyhood in rural seclusion to a position of high respect as a knight at King Arthur's court
Macbeth by William Shakespeare( Book )
10 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 453 libraries worldwide
Presents the complete text of Shakespeare's classic play about Macbeth, a man who kills the king in an attempt to seize the crown of Scotland for himself, and includes an essay by Harold Bloom, introduction, and information about the Shakespearean stage
A midsummer night's dream by William Shakespeare( Book )
8 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 432 libraries worldwide
Presents the annotated text of Shakespeare's dramatic comedy in which two sets of lovers get lost in the woods and become caught up in a dispute between the fairy king and queen, along with a group of local actors preparing a play for Duke Theseus' wedding
Othello by William Shakespeare( Book )
7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 430 libraries worldwide
Presents William Shakespeare's dramatic tragedy in which Iago, jealous of Othello's successes in the army of Venice, plots against him, pretending to be his friend while planting seeds of doubt about the faithfulness of his wife, Desdemona; and includes text glosses, an introduction, details on the Shakespearean stage, an essay by critic Harold Bloom, and a further reading list
The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare( Book )
13 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 418 libraries worldwide
Romeo wordt verliefd op Julia, die van haar familie met iemand anders moet trouwen. Bewerking in verhaalvorm van het gelijknamige toneelstuk van W. Shakespeare
The taming of the shrew by William Shakespeare( Book )
10 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 411 libraries worldwide
An annotated version of William Shakespeare's classic play with introduction and essay by Harold Bloom
The tempest by William Shakespeare( Book )
7 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 410 libraries worldwide
Shakespeare's valedictory play is also one of his most poetical and magical. The story involves the spirit Ariel, the savage Caliban, and Prospero, the banished Duke of Milan, now a wizard living on a remote island who uses his magic to shipwreck a party of ex-compatriots
Candide : or, Optimism by Voltaire( Book )
8 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 393 libraries worldwide
"In this new translation of Voltaire's Candide, distinguished translator Burton Raffel captures the French novel's irreverent spirit and offers a vivid, contemporary version of the 250-year-old text. Raffel casts the novel in an English idiom that - had Voltaire been a twenty-first-century American - he might himself have employed. The translation is immediate and unencumbered, and for the first time makes Voltaire the satirist a wicked pleasure for English-speaking readers."--Jacket
The merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare( Book )
8 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 390 libraries worldwide
Presents a comedy of love and money in sixteenth-century Venice, in which Bassanio wants to impress the wealthy heiress Portia, but lacks the funds. He turns to his merchant friend, Antonio, who is forced to borrow from Shylock. When Antonio's business falters, repayment becomes impossible, and Shylock is able to demand a pound of Antonio's flesh
Das Nibelungenlied = Song of the Nibelungs ( Book )
10 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 382 libraries worldwide
"No poem in German literature is as well known and studied in Germany and continental Europe as the 800-year-old Das Nibelungenlied. In the English-speaking world, however, the poem has remained underappreciated, largely because there has been no adequate verse translation. This new translation by eminent translator Burton Raffel brings the epic poem to life in English for the first time, rendering it in verse that does full justice to the original Middle High German. His translation underscores the all-important formal aspects of the poem and preserves its haunting beauty. Often called the German lliad, Das Nibelungenlied is a heroic epic both national in character and sweeping in scope. The poem moves inexorably from romance through tragedy to holocaust
The tragedy of King Lear by William Shakespeare( Book )
7 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 369 libraries worldwide
King Lear, one of Shakespeare's darkest and most savage plays, tells the story of the foolish and Job-like Lear, who divides his kingdom, as he does his affections, according to vanity and whim. Lear's failure as a father engulfs himself and his world in turmoil and tragedy. --Publisher
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare( Book )
5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 367 libraries worldwide
The first tragedy to be played in the new Globe Theatre, Julius Caesar is set at a crucial turning point in Roman history, as the Republican gives way to the imperial. Safely removed in time and place from Shakespeare's Elizabethan England, Rome makes the perfect laboratory for the playwright's free-ranging political analysis. -- Publisher
Henry the Fourth, part one by William Shakespeare( Book )
8 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 354 libraries worldwide
While England is threatened by the Earl of Northumberland, Young Prince Hal cavorts in London's taverns, accompanied by the dissolute, entertaining Falstaff and his band of rogues. Much of this play's tension involves Prince Hal and Falstaff, as the former tries to live up to his duties and responsibilities. In creating Falstaff Shakespeare gave us one of the theater's most enduring and memorable characters
Lancelot, the knight of the cart by Chrétien( Book )
9 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 347 libraries worldwide
The romantic poems of twelfth-century French poet Chretien de Troyes were of immense influence across Europe - widely imitated, translated, and adapted. Giving rise to a tradition of story-telling that continues to this day, the poems established the shape of the nascent Arthurian legend. In this outstanding new translation of Lancelot, Burton Raffel brings to English-language readers the fourth of Chretien's five surviving romantic Arthurian poems
Twelfth night; or, What you will by William Shakespeare( Book )
7 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 306 libraries worldwide
Twins Viola and Sebastian are shipwrecked. Believing her brother drowned, and determined to survive alone, Viola disguises herself as a boy. As 'Cesario' she enters the service of Orsino and is sent by him to woo Olivia. But Olivia isn't interested and 'Cesario' is swept into a merry-go-round world of unrequited love, mistaken identities, high comedy, low tricks and desperate passion. --Publisher
Selected poems by Nicolas Boileau Despréaux( Book )
6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 155 libraries worldwide
"French poet and critic Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux (1636-1711) was by turns venerated (in the eighteenth century) and reviled (in the nineteenth century) as the lawgiver of French classicism. Today critics see his achievement as more varied and complex than the label of classicism allows. This selection of Boileau's poems, translated with spirit and carefully annotated by Burton Raffel, brings the work of Boileau to English-speaking readers for the first time in a generation." "Much admired for his wit and ingenuity, Boileau perceived the role of the satirist as the scourge of bad writing and delighted in the notion of "l'ami du vrai," the brash truth-teller and enemy of humbug, inflation, and equivocation."--Jacket
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