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Beowulf (Barnes & Noble Classics) [Paperback]

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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2005
Publisher   Barnes & Noble Classics
ISBN  1593082665  
EAN  9781593082666  

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Beowulf, by Anonymous, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences-biographical, historical, and literary-to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.
Widely regarded as the first true masterpiece of English literature, Beowulf describes the thrilling adventures of a great Scandinavian warrior of the sixth century. Its lyric intensity and imaginative vitality are unparalleled, and the poem has greatly influenced many important modern novelists and poets, most notably J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings,
Part history and part mythology, Beowulf opens in the court of the Danish king where a horrible demon named Grendel devours men in their sleep every night. The hero Beowulf arrives and kills themonster, but joy turns to horror when Grendel's mother attacks the hall to avenge the death of her son. Ultimately triumphant, Beowulf becomes king himself and rules peacefully for fifty years until, one dark day, a foe more powerful than any he has yet faced is aroused-an ancient dragon guarding a horde of treasure. Once again, Beowulf must summon all his strength and courage to face the beast, but this time victory exacts a terrible price.
New translation by John McNamara. Features an original map and genealogy chart.
John McNamara is Professor of English at the University of Houston, where he teaches the early languages and literatures of England, Scotland, and Ireland, with a special focus on their oral traditions. He is the co-editor of Medieval Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Myths, Legends, Tales, Beliefs, and Customs,

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Anonymous Throughout the history of literature, since the creation of bound texts in the forms of books and codices, various works have been published and written anonymously, often due to their political or controversial nature, or merely for the purposes of the privacy of their authors, among other reasons.

Historically, when a book was published and the author information was not known, then that book would be said to be written by Anonymous. In its most literal translation, anonymous simply means that no one knows who was responsible for the literary work.

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The epic tale of tales  Jul 21, 2008
Monsters defeated by a valiant man who only seeks the priviledge of fighting the greatest foes of his time. In the end, he gives his life as he defeats his enemy. This is a song of larger than life heros who never surrender, and want nothing more than a good fight despite snivelling, hissing cowards who denigrate the heros' efforts.

Some things never change. Sadly, the values and ethos of Beowolf are shared by too few today.

It's not an easy read, but it is a worthy read, for its own sake and to better understand the body of work that continues along the path it laid down.

E.M. Van Court
Well Worth Reading  Feb 11, 2008
Beowulf is a classic epic mythical poem. Written between the 8th and 11th centuries in England, it tells the story of Beowulf, a Scandinavian warrior who comes to the aid of a neighboring Danish king in his troubles with the demon Grendel. The poem covers the battles of Beowulf with Grendel, Grendel's mother, and a dragon.
It's not a rhyming poem, really, but it does have a meter and flow of words, and would be fascinating to hear read aloud. There are a few moments of extreme violence (mostly the injuries inflicted by Grendel on the Danes), but these moments are brief. If you prefer very descriptive writing, you will find a lot to like here.
This is a well-translated edition, with many notes and a lot of background information. It also includes a section on other authors' writings on Beowulf for further reading. If you have seen the most recent (Robert Zemeckis, 2007) film adaptation, you will find a few very major plot differences.

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