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Beowulf Books


Written around the tenth century A.D., Beowulf is one of the greatest works of the Medieval era. It describes a Scandinavian warrior of the sixth century. Read more about Beowulf.

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1. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

W.W. Norton & Co.
by Seamus Heaney. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Composed toward the end of the first millennium of our era, Beowulf is the elegiac narrative of the adventures of Beowulf, a Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel and, later, from Grendel's mother. He then returns to his own country and dies in old age in a vivid fight against a dragon.
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2. Beowulf

by Kevin Crossley-Holland, Charles Keeping (Illustrator). Oxford University Press. Composed towards the end of the first millennium of our era, the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf is one of the great Northern epics and a classic of European literature.
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3. Beowulf: A Verse Translation (A Norton Critical Edition)

by Seamus Heaney (Translator), Daniel (Ed.) Donoghue, Daniel Donoghue (Editor). W.W. Norton. Winner of the Whitbread Prize, Seamus Heaney's poetic translation of the great epic poem Beowulf is the basis for this new Norton Critical Edition. The text is accompanied by detailed explanatory annotations and an introduction to Old English language and prosody.
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4. A Beowulf Handbook

by Robert E. Bjork (Editor), John D. Niles (Editor). University of Nebraska Press. The individual chapters by eighteen scholars offer both a rapid survey of scholarly trends in the study of Beowulf and a more sustained exploration of selected problems. Each chapter begins with a brief summary of its contents followed by an annotated chronology.
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5. Beowulf and the Beowulf Manuscript

by Kevin S. Kiernan. University of Michigan Press. When this book first appeared in 1981, most scholars agreed that Beowulf was an early eighth-century poem and few of them had shown any interest in the early eleventh-century manuscript that preserved it. Today they disagree widely, dating the poem anywhere between the eighth and the eleventh century.
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6. Beowulf Reader: Basic Readings

by Peter S. Baker (Editor). Taylor & Francis, Inc. Gathering some of the most important studies from the past 25 years of Beowulf scholarship, The Beowulf Reader offers essential insights both to scholars in the field and to readers coming to this Old English literary masterpiece for the first time.
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7. Beowulf: A Dual-Language Edition

by Howell. D. Chickering (Translator). Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group. This presentation of the translation and the Old English Text on facing pages allows the reader to approach the first major poem in English literature in a fresh and exciting new way. Includes: "Guide to Reading Aloud," "Introduction," "Commentary and Notes" for translation from the original.
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8. Beowulf

by Burton Raffel (Translator). Econo-Clad Books. Beowulf is the earliest extant poem in a modern European language. It was composed in England four centuries before the Norman Conquest.
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9. Beowulf: A New Telling

by Robert E. Nye. Bantam Doubleday Dell. He comes out of the darkness, moving in on his victims in deadly silence. When he leaves, a trail of blood is all that remains. He is a monster, Grendel, and all who know of him live in fear.
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10. Beowulf

by David Wright. Penguin Classics. Probably written in the eighth century, this is the epic story of Beowulf, a Scandinavian warrior, and his struggles against monsters.
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