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“It is everywhere vigorous. . . . Chickering enjoys the poem immensely, and this attractive attitude shines everywhere. . . . This book is valuable for its extended literary appreciations and its facing text.” –Library Journal

“A fine book. . . . The essays on poetics, social history, and structure and the notes to specific passages survey the important scholarship.” –Choice

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Howell D. Chickering, Jr., is the G. Armour Craig Professor of Language and Literature at Amherst College. His critical essays, chiefly on medieval English poetry, have appeared in such journals as The Chaucer Review, Journal of English and Germanic Philology, Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, The Kenyon Review, Philological Quarterly, PMLA, Speculum, and Viator.

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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful
I wish this version were the accepted standard. . . April 19 2007
By a writing teacher - Published on
Format: Paperback
This edition is widely accepted as closer to the original than Heaney's, even by people who prefer the Heaney edition.

I am not one of those people. I have read Beowulf in several translations as well as in the original Old English, and this is the version I would recommend. I find it to be faithful, clear, and elegant.

The Heaney Beowulf is a great book for fans of Heaney (I enjoyed it myself in that capacity). The Chickering Beowulf is a great book for fans of Old English literature.
53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
The best edition and translation of Beowulf around April 7 2006
By Wanda B. Red - Published on
Format: Paperback
Chickering's translation is the most responsible and accurate translation of Beowulf available. It's also the closest to the energetic poetic line of the original verse. Also, Chickering provides a remarkable sets of notes and comments about culture, history, and criticism at the back of the book. All in all, this is the text for anyone seriously interested in this poem. It beats the Seamus Heaney translation hands down.
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
The scholar's version Jan. 7 2007
By Jane Steen - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
For someone like me who's fascinated by language, this is a great scholar's edition of Beowulf. The translation is easy to read and well synchronized with the original text. The preface and supplemental material are copious and thorough. This will be on my bookshelf for a long time.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A Great Book Jan. 13 2007
By John Doe - Published on
Format: Paperback
A professional and scholarly translation. Having the Old English on one side and the modern English translation on the other is great. The notes about the style of ancient Germanic poetry, as well as notes about Old English are fascinating. The book is clear enough for beginners, but the extensive commentary (after the poem, and nearly half of the book) means that it is also a great read for experts as well. Altogether, an excellent book.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Chickering's translation Jan. 3 2007
By J. Burkle - Published on
Format: Paperback
For those who wish to experience a faithful modern translation that retains all the beauty and poetic quality of the Old English text, this is the one. This updated version of Chickering's translation of Beowulf is even better than the original, which still remains vastly superior to all the rest. Seamus Heaney and Burton Raffel's versions aren't even close.