Synopses & Reviews
This 40th anniversary edition of Albert Lord's classic work includes a unique enhancement: a CD containing the original audio recordings of all the passages of heroic songs quoted in the book; a video publication of the kinescopic filming of the most valued of the singers; and selected photographs taken during Milman Parry's collecting trips in the Balkans.
Parry began recording and studying a live tradition of oral narrative poetry in order to find an answer to the age-old Homeric Question: How had the author of the Iliad and Odyssey composed these two monumental epic poems at the very start of Europe's literary tradition? Parry's, and with him Lord's, enduring contribution--set forth in Lord's The Singer of Tales--was to demonstrate the process by which oral poets compose.
Now reissued with a new Introduction and an invaluable audio and visual record, this widely influential book is newly enriched to better serve everyone interested in the art and craft of oral literature.
For the folklorist, Lord's Singer of Tales is the prime text of the second half of our century. Its power continues, and this fastidiously prepared new edition is a blessing. Henry Glassie, Indiana University
This seminal work...is now reissued, forty years after its first appearance, with a new introduction by Stephen Mitchell and Gregory Nagy and an accompanying CD-ROM...[the CD] itself...splendidly justifies the reprint...Here at last we can hear the quirky drone of the gusle and the sing-song chant of the poets themselves, as they intone "The Song of Baghdad' or 'The Wedding of Smailagic Meho." The initial effect is disconcerting, but quickly becomes addictive. Alan Griffiths
About the Author
Gregory Nagy is the Jones Professor of Classical Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature, <>Harvard University, and the Director of the <>Center for Hellenic Studies, Trustees for Harvard University.
Table of Contents
Part I. The Theory
2. Singers: Performance and Training
3. The Formula
4. The Theme
5. Songs and the Song
6. Writing and Oral Tradition
Part II. The Application
8. The Odyssey
9. The Iliad
10. Some Notes on Medieval Epic