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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks (March 12 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199538719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199538713
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 1.8 x 12.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
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Kevin Crossley-Holland is the winner of the Carnegie Medal.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa406324c) out of 5 stars 23 reviews
54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa40346fc) out of 5 stars A Fine Sampler May 27 2000
By Mark J. Knickelbine - Published on
Format: Paperback
Another gem of the Oxford World's Classics series, Crossley-Holland's anthology presents a generous selection of poetry and prose covering the major genres of Anglo Saxon Lit. All the famous stuff is here -- Seafarer, Wanderer, Battle of Maldon,etc -- including a very fine Beowulf translation that's highly readable without straying far from the literal meaning of the original. Plus riddles, laws, sections of the Chronicle -- quite enough to get a rounded picture of this fascinating literature, and all well translated. The scholarly notes are sparse but adequate for an intro-level text. If I could make one suggestion for improvement, it would be to add the Anglo-Saxon versions in a bilingual edition, so readers could have the sound and structure of the originals.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa41ef504) out of 5 stars beautiful renderings of the elegies May 31 2003
By Gabriel Murray - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book in an old edition paperback form in Dublin because it contained the major elegies such as the Wanderer and the Seafarer. I ended up being extremely satisifed not only with the beautiful translation of the Wanderer, but with all of the selections and with Crossley-Holland's comments. I was very thrilled to meet him recently at a reading in Seattle, where he was promoting his Arthur trilogy. I'll have to check that out.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3b65228) out of 5 stars Fascinating Reading July 9 2005
By Aunt Amethyst - Published on
Format: Paperback
I'm a homeschooled student (in 10th grade). I read this book as part of a course on early European history, and have also referred to it while studying the history of the English language. Most of the translations are very accessible to the modern reader on their own, and Mr. Crossley-Holland's insightful commentary clears up those which are more difficult or obscure. Anyone who has a serious interest in the literature and culture of the Anglo-Saxons will not be disappointed in this book.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa41ff804) out of 5 stars Great overview, but poetry translation could be better April 1 2012
By Joel E. Mitchell - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This collection gives a nice broad overview of the Anglo-Saxon culture by providing examples of various kinds of Anglo-Saxon literature. It includes various forms of poetry (including a complete translation of "Beowulf"), excerpts from several historical records, various letters, and some legal documents.

I was not especially impressed with the poetry translation; the alliteration is sporadic in the extreme and the division of each line into two half lines of two beats was occasionally lacking. Seamus Heaney has a much better (stylistically speaking) translation of Beowulf and Lee Hollander is much more consistent in his translation of the very similar Norse poetry.

Overall: a nice broad introduction to the Anglo-Saxon culture, but the poetry translation is stylistically lacking.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3b1f528) out of 5 stars A Nice Introduction To The "Flavor" Of Anglo-Saxon June 5 2013
By David N. - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is a good collection of different types of Anglo-Saxon literature. It really helps to give you the "flavor" of Anglo-Saxon life and times. The english translations are not my favorite, but they are pretty good, and this book has the excellent advantage of being very affordable (saving you from having to spend more money to buy each of the different Anglo-Saxon writings in many separate volumes).

If you have more than a passing interest in Anglo-Saxon literature, though, I would strongly recommend that you take a few weeks to learn Old English. (here is a marvelous tool that includes an audio CD so you can hear Anglo Saxon spoken slowly and clearly as you learn: Complete Old English (Anglo-Saxon) with Two Audio CDs: A Teach Yourself Guide (Teach Yourself Language) ).

Once you have learned some Old English, you can start reading Beowulf right away with this excellent student edition that has a running dictionary, so you don't have to keep looking up words: Beowulf: A Student Edition.

Even if you take the time to learn some Old English, I would still recommend getting this book just to have it. You will probably return to it again and again.

As always, if you feel this review is unhelpful, please leave a comment and let me know how it can be improved. Thanks!