Beowulf

Category: Book
By (author): Mitchell, Stephen
Subject:  FICTION / Christian / Classic & Allegory
  FICTION / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Publisher: Yale University Press
Published: October 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 264
Size: 0.00in x 0.00in x 0.00in
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From The Publisher*A widely celebrated translator's vivid, accessible, and elegantly concise rendering of an ancient English masterpiece

Beowulftells 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, thenBeowulfis 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.
From The Publisher*A widely celebrated translator's vivid, accessible, and elegantly concise rendering of an ancient English masterpiece
Biographical NoteStephen Mitchell's many books includeTao Te Ching, which has sold over a million copies,The Gospel According to Jesus, Bhagavad Gita, The Book of Job, Gilgamesh,andThe Iliad.