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Publisher Comments:

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Synopsis:

Anglo-Saxon prose and poetry is, without question, the major literary achievement of the early Middle Ages (c. 700-1100). In no other vernacular language does such a vast store of verbal treasures exist for so extended a period of time. For twenty years the definitive guide to that literature has been Stanley B. Greenfield's 1965 Critical History of Old English Literature. Now this classic has been extensively revised and updated to make it more valuable than ever to both the student and scholar.

About the Author

Stanley B. Greenfield is Professor of English at the University of Oregon.

Daniel G. Calder is Professor of English and Chairman of the department at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Michael Lapidge is a member of the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celti

Product Details

ISBN:
9780814730027
Author:
Greenfield, Stanley B.
Author:
Lapidge, Michael
Author:
Chatterjee, Partha
Author:
Calder, Daniel
Author:
Calder, Daniel G.
Author:
Shudraka
Author:
Acharya, Diwakar
Author:
Calder, Daniel Gillmore
Publisher:
NYU Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
English literature
Subject:
English literature -- Old English, ca. 450-1100 -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Edition Description:
Bibliography: p. 305-360.
Series Volume:
617
Publication Date:
19860601
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
640
Dimensions:
6.5 x 4.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , Anglo-Saxon prose and poetry is, without question, the major literary achievement of the early Middle Ages (c. 700-1100). In no other vernacular language does such a vast store of verbal treasures exist for so extended a period of time. For twenty years the definitive guide to that literature has been Stanley B. Greenfield's 1965 Critical History of Old English Literature. Now this classic has been extensively revised and updated to make it more valuable than ever to both the student and scholar.
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