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The book consists of two parts. Part One comprises anintroduction to the Old English language, including orthography andpronunciation, inflexions, word formation, an authoritative sectionon syntax. This is followed by an introduction to Anglo-Saxonstudies, which discusses language, literature, history,archaeology, and ways of life. Sound changes are treated as theybecome relevant in understanding apparent irregularities ininflexion. Part Two contains prose and literature verse texts, mostof them complete, which fully reveal the range that Old Englishoffers in mood, intensity, humour, and natural observation. Fullexplanatory notes accompany all the texts, and a detailed glossaryis provided.
The new edition of this highly-acclaimed Guide will bewelcomed by teachers and by anyone wanting to gain a greaterunderstanding and enjoyment of the language and literature of theAnglo-Saxons.
Fred C. Robinson is Douglas Tracy Smith Emeritus Professor ofEnglish at Yale University.