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Beowulf: A Student Edition Paperback – Oct 1 1994


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press; Student edition (Oct. 1 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198710445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198710448
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 15.5 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #631,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Beowulf survives in a single manuscript, British Library MS Cotton Vitellius A. xv, though this is a compilation formed from what were originally two separate manuscripts. Read the first page
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By adil ali on May 6 1999
Format: Paperback
Jack's Beowulf is currently the best student edition (undergrad & non-specialist grad) available. The student's progress through the text is fluent and full, and is made so by the accurate and usable glosses that are conveniently placed on the right margin of each text page. The book is light on supporting commentary and ancillary helps, but its up-to-date bibliography makes any such inclusions redundant. The serious student of this important poem will need to advance, however, to Klaeber's still authoritative edition. This is so because the guiding hand of the glossary in Jack's edition will subtly and inevitably direct the student towards the editor's own overall reading of the poem and away from his own. Ideally, one should read Beowulf free of glossary and with only a minimum of attention to commentary. The reader's best friend here will be the unmatched Bosworth-Toller Anglo-Saxon Lexicon. The thrifty student may substitute J.R. Clark Hall's Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary. Also, try to keep the full OED handy.
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best student edition May 6 1999
By adil ali - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Jack's Beowulf is currently the best student edition (undergrad & non-specialist grad) available. The student's progress through the text is fluent and full, and is made so by the accurate and usable glosses that are conveniently placed on the right margin of each text page. The book is light on supporting commentary and ancillary helps, but its up-to-date bibliography makes any such inclusions redundant. The serious student of this important poem will need to advance, however, to Klaeber's still authoritative edition. This is so because the guiding hand of the glossary in Jack's edition will subtly and inevitably direct the student towards the editor's own overall reading of the poem and away from his own. Ideally, one should read Beowulf free of glossary and with only a minimum of attention to commentary. The reader's best friend here will be the unmatched Bosworth-Toller Anglo-Saxon Lexicon. The thrifty student may substitute J.R. Clark Hall's Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary. Also, try to keep the full OED handy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Rafael Juan Pascual Hernández on George Jack's edition of the 3182 lines of alliterative verse often printed as Beowulf April 17 2007
By Rafael Juan Pascual Hernández - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are a student of OE who does not know how to begin with OE literature, I strongly recommend this edition to you. The introduction provides the reader with some notes about the manuscript, the style of the poem and some other interesting information together with a bibliography for further reading.

The whole poem is edited here in the original (Old English), with no direct translation into PDE. But many marginal notes satisfactorily help us with the understanding of the lines.

The shorter poem The Fight at Finnsburh is contained in this volume as well.

Finally, a glossary of vocabulary is presented.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Best for Students Jan. 24 2007
By S. Choi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I would recommend this book to beginners of OE study. Glossaries on the right side of text decrease the difficulty of OE texts and make them more accessible. My professor recommended this book to me and I see that this one is really a good choice for any student.

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