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Beowulf: A New Verse Translation
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation
by Seamus Heaney
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"I resignedly picked it up at last on the tail end of a history binge, telling myself, 'Okay, I'm finally going to slog through it. Just get it over with.' And I discovered all my trepidation had been for naught. This isn't an 'accessible for a scholarly... (read more)

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The Odyssey
The Odyssey
by Homer and Robert Fitzgerald
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The classic translation of The Odyssey, now in a Noonday paperback. Robert Fitzgerald's translation of Homer's Odyssey is the best and best-loved modern translation of the greatest of all epic poems. Since 1961, this Odyssey has sold more than two... (read more)

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The Prince (Bantam Classics)
The Prince (Bantam Classics)
by Niccolo Machiavelli
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Peter Constantine, winner of the PEN Translation Prize and a National Translation Award, has earned wide acclaim for his translation of The Undiscovered Chekhov and of the complete works of Isaac Babel, as well as for his Modern Library translations... (read more)

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The Essential Rumi
The Essential Rumi
by Rumi
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"I don't mean to claim a special relationship with Rumi...but a poet of such astonishing range and depth needs many translators and interpreters. Mystical poetry tries to reveal the apple orchard within the mist of language (Rumi's image). I hope these... (read more)

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Paradise Lost (05 Edition)
Paradise Lost (05 Edition)
by John Milton
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'Gordon Teskey\"s freshly edited text of Milton\"s masterpiece is accompanied by a new introduction and substantial explanatory annotations. Spelling and punctuation have been modernized, the latter, importantly, within the limits imposed by Milton\"s... (read more)

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The Divine Comedy, Volume 1: Hell (The Inferno)
The Divine Comedy, Volume 1: Hell (The Inferno)
by Dante
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This story begins in a shadowed forest on Good Friday in the year of our Lord 1300. It proceeds on a journey that, in its intense re-creation of the depths and the heights of human experience, has become the key with which Western civilization has sought... (read more)

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Sky Above, Great Wind: The Life and Poetry of Zen Master Ryokan
Sky Above, Great Wind: The Life and Poetry of Zen Master Ryokan
by Ryokan
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“The Zen monk Ryokan has become one of the most popular poets in Japanese history. Living in a small mountain hut rather than a temple, and preferring to play with children to ceremonies, he captured his warm humanity, gentle humor, and deep spirit... (read more)

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Metamorphoses
Metamorphoses
by Ovid
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"The Metamorphoses of Ovid offers to the modern world such a key to the literary and religious culture of the ancients that it becomes an important event when at last a good poet comes up with a translation into English verse." --John Crowe Ransom "... a... (read more)

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Silence: A Thirteenth-Century French Romance
Silence: A Thirteenth-Century French Romance
by Heldris
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This bilingual edition, a parallel text in Old French and English, is based on a reexamination of the Old French manuscript, and makes Silence available to specialists and students in various fields of literature and women's studies.    &#... (read more)

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Reynard the Fox: A New Translation
Reynard the Fox: A New Translation
by James Simpson
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Three hundred years before the publication of Machiavelli's , a now virtually unknown parable became the medieval equivalent of a runaway bestseller. Whereas Machiavelli taught kings how to manipulate their subjects, demonstrated how clever subjects... (read more)

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The Iliad
The Iliad
by Homer and Robert Fagles
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Dating to the ninth century BC, Homers timeless poem still vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and battling amidst devastation and destruction, as it moves inexorably to  the wrenching, tragic... (read more)

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Iliad of Homer (11 Edition)
Iliad of Homer (11 Edition)
by Homer
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"Sing, goddess, the anger of Peleus’ son Achilleus / and its devastation." For sixty years, that's how Homer has begun the Iliad in English, in Richmond Lattimore's faithful translation—the gold standard for generations of students... (read more)

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Lais of Marie De France : New Edition ((Rev)99 Edition)
Lais of Marie De France : New Edition ((Rev)99 Edition)
by Marie Defrance
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"Lais" are short stories in verse based on Breton tales, depicting a moment of crisis in a love relationship. These are the finest examples of the genre, written by the French poet, Marie de France, during the 12th century.... (read more)

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The Divine Comedy: Inferno (Bantam Classics)
The Divine Comedy: Inferno (Bantam Classics)
by Dante Alighieri
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In this superb translation with an introduction and commentary by Allen Mandelbaum, all of Dante's vivid images--the earthly, sublime, intellectual, demonic, ecstatic--are rendered with marvelous clarity to read like the words of a poet born in our own... (read more)

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Li Po and Tu Fu: Poems
Li Po and Tu Fu: Poems
by Li Po and Tu Fu
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Li Po and Tu Fu are traditionally regarded by the Chinese as their two greatest poets. Together their poetry encompasses all of human nature. Escapist but earthy, spiritual but realistic, romantic but precise, these two are often appropriately referred... (read more)

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The Odyssey
The Odyssey
by Homer and Robert Fagles
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If The Iliad is the world's greatest war epic, then The Odyssey is literature's grandest evocation of everyman's journey though life. Odysseus's reliance on his wit and wiliness for survival in his encounters with divine and natural forces during his ten-... (read more)

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Purgatorio #2: The Divine Comedy: Volume 2: Purgatory
Purgatorio #2: The Divine Comedy: Volume 2: Purgatory
by Dante
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Dante Alighieri was born in 1265. Considered Italy's greatest poet, this scion of a Florentine family mastered in the art of lyric poetry at an early age. His first major work is La Vita Nuova (1292) which is a tribute to Beatrice Portinari, the great... (read more)

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Anglo Saxon Poetry
Anglo Saxon Poetry
by S A J Bradley
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Anglo–Saxon poetry is esteemed for its subtle artistry and for its wealth of insights into the artistic, social and spiritual preoccupations of the formative first centuries of English literature. This anthology of prose translations covers most of... (read more)

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The Divine Comedy: Volume 3: Paradise (Penguin Classics)
The Divine Comedy: Volume 3: Paradise (Penguin Classics)
by Dante
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Dante (1265-1321) is the greatest of Italian poets and his DIVINE COMEDY is the finest of all Christian allegories. To the consternation of his more academic admirers, who believed Latin to be the only proper language for dignified verse, Dante wrote his... (read more)

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Arthurian Romances (Penguin Classics)
Arthurian Romances (Penguin Classics)
by Chrétien de Troyes
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Fantastic adventures abound in these courtly romances: Erec and Enide, Cligés, The Knight of the Cart, The Knight with the Lion, and The Story of the Grail.... (read more)

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