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Raffel, Burton

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Works: 166 works in 682 publications in 2 languages and 54,581 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Tragedies (Drama)  Juvenile works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Comedy plays  Outlines and syllabi  Romances  Fiction  Historical drama 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Performer, Other, Compiler
Classifications: PR2825.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
Don Quijote : a new translation, backgrounds and contexts, criticism by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra( Book )
18 editions published between 1922 and 1999 in English and German and held by 1,204 libraries worldwide
Presents Burton Raffel's translation of "Don Quijote," the story of an idealistic country gentleman who sets out like the knights of old to search for adventure and right wrongs, and includes additional writings that provide a modern account of the novel's influence, and a selection of fifteen critical assessments
Yvain, the Knight of the Lion by Chrétien( Book )
11 editions published between 1916 and 1987 in English and held by 706 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 564 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 )
14 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 561 libraries worldwide
In this restructured and greatly expanded version of Burton Raffel's out-of-print classic, Poems from the Old English, Raffel and co-editor Alexandra H. Olsen place the oldest English writings in an entirely different perspective. Keeping the classroom teacher's needs foremost in mind, Raffel and Olsen organize the major old English poems (except Beowulf) and new prose selections so as to facilitate both reading and studying. A general introduction provides an up-to-date and detailed historical account of the Anglo-Saxon period, and concise introductions open the literature sections of the book and many of the translations. Raffel's masterly translations of Old English poetry, praised as fine poems in their own right, reproduce much of the flavor as well as the sense of the originals. With more than 1800 newly translated lines and many revised older translations, the poems in this volume are organized into four genres -- elegies, heroic poems, religious poems, and wisdom poetry. Raffel's new translations include more than twenty poem-riddles, with proposed solutions in a separate section. Prose translations -- grouped in historical, testamentary and legal, religious, social and instructional, and medical and magical categories -- feature writings by King Alfred, Aelfric, and Wulfstan, among others."This is a splendid work to introduce students to the culture of the Anglo-Saxons. Raffel's translations of Old English poems become poems in modern English. But we have known for a long time that he can work such wonders. What is new is his supple handling of the often very unsupple Old English prose". -- Robert Creed, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Perceval : the story of the grail by Chrétien( Book )
10 editions published in 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 504 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 )
9 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 454 libraries worldwide
De ondergang van Macbeth, die moedwillig kiest voor het kwaad, mede onder invloed van zijn ambitieuze vrouw Lady Macbeth
A midsummer night's dream by William Shakespeare( Book )
10 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 436 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 tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare( Book )
17 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 425 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 tempest by William Shakespeare( Book )
9 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 415 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 412 libraries worldwide
An annotated version of William Shakespeare's classic play with introduction and essay by Harold Bloom
The merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare( Book )
10 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 395 libraries worldwide
In this lively comedy of love and money in sixteenth-century Venice, Bassanio wants to impress the wealthy heiress Portia but lacks the necessary funds. He turns to his merchant friend, Antonio, who is forced to borrow from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender. When Antonio's business falters, repayment becomes impossible -- and by the terms of the loan agreement, Shylock is able to demand a pound of Antonio's flesh
Candide : or, Optimism by Voltaire( Book )
10 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 391 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
Das Nibelungenlied = Song of the Nibelungs ( Book )
11 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 385 libraries worldwide
It portrays the existential struggles and downfall of an entire people, the Burgundians, in a military conflict with the Huns and their king."--Jacket
... The tragedy of King Lear by William Shakespeare( Book )
10 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 371 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
The tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare( Book )
7 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 )
10 editions published in 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 356 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 )
11 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 350 libraries worldwide
Raffel has created an original three-stress metric verse form that captures Chretien's swift-paced narrative and lively, sparkling Old French. A consummate translator, Raffel enables the modern reader and the reader who is unfamiliar with French to appreciate the beauty of Chretien's original
Twelfth night; or, What you will by William Shakespeare( Book )
9 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 308 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 )
8 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 157 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
The first quarto of Othello by William Shakespeare( Book )
6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
One of the most powerful dramas ever written for the stage, "Othello "is a story of revenge, illusion, passion, mistrust, jealousy, and murder. If in Iago Shakespeare created the most compelling villain in Western literature, in Othello and Desdemona he gave us our most tragic and unforgettable lovers
 
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Alternative Names
Burton Raffel American academic
Burton Raffel Amerikaans taalkundige (-2015)
Languages
English (211)
German (1)
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