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Beowulf (Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library)by R. D. (edt) Fulk
Synopses & Reviews
Beowulf is one of the finest works of vernacular literature from the European Middle Ages and as such is a fitting title to head the Old English family of texts published in the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library.
But this volume offers something unique. For the first time in the history of Beowulf scholarship, the poem appears alongside the other four texts from its sole surviving manuscript: the prose Passion of Saint Christopher, The Wonders of the East, The Letter of Alexander the Great to Aristotle, and (following Beowulf) the poem Judith. First-time readers as well as established scholars can now gain new insights into Beowulf--and the four other texts--by approaching each in its original context.
Could a fascination with the monstrous have motivated the compiler of this manuscript, working over a thousand years ago, to pull together this diverse grouping into a single volume? The prose translation by R. D. Fulk, based on the most recent editorial understanding, allows readers to rediscover Beowulf's brilliant mastery along with otherworldly delights in the four companion texts in The Beowulf Manuscript.
Book News Annotation:
The story of Beowulf is widely known to contemporary society from a number of free translations and several films. However, in this unique edition, Fulk (English, Indiana University, Bloomington) presents the original Beowulf in a new transcription with translation. To this, he has added the other four stories in the Beowulf manuscript: "The Passion of Saint Christopher", "The Wonders of the East," "The Letter of Alexander the Great to Aristotle," and "Judith." For the first time, scholars and other readers can place Beowulf in the context in which it was copied. Fulk suggests that the monks who made the codex were putting together a book of stories about monsters. They are perfect for reading aloud on a long winter's evening. The edition is meticulous and the translation beautifully done, striking just the right balance between the cadence of the original and easy comprehension by modern readers without varying from the meaning. Endnotes give historical and other background information. This is a wonderful edition that will delight scholars, teachers and general readers alike. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Beowulf is one of the finest works of vernacular literature from the European Middle Ages. For the first time in the history of Beowulf scholarship, the poem appears alongside the other four texts from its sole surviving manuscript: the prose Passion of Saint Christopher, The Wonders of the East, The Letter of Alexander the Great to Aristotle, and (following Beowulf') the poem Judith.
About the Author
R. D. Fulk is Chancellor's Professor of English at Indiana University, Bloomington.
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