The <i>Beowulf</i> Manuscript: Complete Texts and <i>The Fight at Finnsburg</i> Hardcover – Dec 22 2010
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Understandably, interest in the manuscript has centered on Beowulf, and it is still called the Beowulf manuscript here, though--unprecedentedly--this new book contains both text and translations of all the Nowell manuscript's items: the three prose works that precede Beowulf--The Passion of St. Christopher, The Wonders of the East, and The Letters of Alexander the Great to Aristotle--as well as Judith. It is an inspired project. R. D. Fulk is one of the world's leading Beowulfians...Fulk has produced an elegant, slightly archaized prose version of the poem ("He lived to see remedy for that") that keeps to the same register for all the items in the manuscript. His textual notes are predictably authoritative, and he conveys a remarkable amount of information within a small compass in his notes to the translations. ...This delightful book is a particularly graceful member of the beautifully produced Dumbarton Oaks series. (Bernard O'Donoghue Times Literary Supplement 2011-07-08)
About the Author
R. D. Fulk is Chancellor’s Professor of English at Indiana University, Bloomington.
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This book, moreover, would be a great starting place for anyone interested in Old English literature and needing an accessible and engaging point of entry. Highly recommended.
If this book is any indication, the series will soon play an essential role in promoting the study of important medieval texts in facing-page editions/translations. This volume brings together all of the texts of the Beowulf Manuscript, Cotton Vitellius A.XV, and provides a lucid prose English translation.
On an aesthetic note: absolutely gorgeous, a pleasure to read, lovely font, high-quality paper and binding: these books will instruct and delight for many, many years!
the one thing i can say is that this series has grown and harvard's site has a list of books that boggle the mind. in the day of the book-killing kindle, it's nice to know people still value the book, as opposed to just the written word, and are willing to still print. there really is nothing like holding a book, turning its pages, and letting it take you places you wouldn't otherwise be able to go.
The binding of the volume, with full maroon cloth boards, black dyed contrast panels and just enough gilt to draw the eye is superlative and very fitting for such an important work. Larger than LCL, the 5 1/2" x 8" dimensions are a nice compromise in terms of readability and portability. The paper stock feels substantial and the font style coupled with the intensely black ink provides a nice contrast to many of the translation texts currently in print. Highly recommended.
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