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Raffel, Burton

Works: 180 works in 799 publications in 2 languages and 60,379 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Tragedies (Drama)  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Comedy plays  Historical drama  Juvenile works  Tragicomedies  Outlines and syllabi  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Performer, Author of introduction, Other, Compiler, win
Classifications: PR2819.A2, 822.33
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Publications about Burton Raffel
Publications by Burton Raffel
Publications by Burton Raffel, published posthumously.
Most widely held works by Burton Raffel
Yvain, the Knight of the Lion by Chrétien( Book )
13 editions published between 1916 and 2014 in English and held by 710 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 566 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
Perceval : the story of the grail by Chrétien( Book )
12 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 508 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 : modern English version side-by-side with full original text by William Shakespeare( Book )
11 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 455 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
The tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare( Book )
11 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 437 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
A midsummer night's dream by William Shakespeare( Book )
10 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 431 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
The tempest by William Shakespeare( Book )
10 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 416 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
The taming of the shrew by William Shakespeare( Book )
11 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 413 libraries worldwide
An annotated version of William Shakespeare's classic play with introduction and essay by Harold Bloom
Das Nibelungenlied = Song of the Nibelungs ( Book )
13 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 391 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 )
10 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 372 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
Lancelot, the knight of the cart by Chrétien( Book )
13 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and held by 355 libraries worldwide
This poem was the first to introduce Lancelot as an important figure in the King Arthur legend. Lancelot tells of the adulterous relationship between the knight and his mistress, Guinevere, the wife of King Arthur. Thematically this poem differs from Chretien's other romances - Lancelot and Guinevere's love is a serious crime against their king, Lancelot casts aside his knightly ideals and reputation for the sake of his beloved, and Arthur is endowed with a weaker personality
Henry the Fourth, part one by William Shakespeare( Book )
10 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 351 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
The tragedy of Richard the Third : with the landing of Earl Richmond and the battle at Bosworth Field by William Shakespeare( Book )
8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 248 libraries worldwide
"Treacherous, power-hungry, untempered by moral restraint, and embittered by physical deformity. Richard, the younger brother of King Edward IV, is ablaze with ambition to take England's throne. Richard III, Shakespeare's long chronicle of Richard's machinations to be king, is a tale of murder upon murder. He gains the throne, but only briefly. In a terrible dream, the ghosts of his victims visit the now-despised monarch to foretell his demise. Richard's death in battle the next day concludes his reign of evil, ushering in at last a new and hopeful era of peace for England."--Jacket
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Alternative Names
Burton Raffel American academic
Burton Raffel Amerikaans taalkundige (-2015)
English (144)
Spanish (1)
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