Beowulf

Author(s): Stephen Mitchell

Kids' Classics (fairy tales, poetry etc)

A widely celebrated translator's vivid, accessible, and elegantly concise rendering of an ancient English masterpiece

Beowulf tells the story of a Scandinavian hero who defeats three evil creatures--a huge, cannibalistic ogre named Grendel, Grendel's monstrous mother, and a dragon--and then dies, mortally wounded during his last encounter. If the definition of a superhero is "someone who uses his special powers to fight evil," then Beowulf is our first English superhero story, and arguably our best. It is also a deeply pious poem, so bold in its reverence for a virtuous pagan past that it teeters on the edge of heresy. From beginning to end, we feel we are in the hands of a master storyteller.

Stephen Mitchell's marvelously clear and vivid rendering re-creates the robust masculine music of the original. It both hews closely to the meaning of the Old English and captures its wild energy and vitality, not just as a deep "work of literature" but also as a rousing entertainment that can still stir our feelings and rivet our attention today, after more than a thousand years. This new translation--spare, sinuous, vigorous in its narration, and translucent in its poetry--makes a masterpiece accessible to everyone.

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Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780300236668
  • : Yale University Press
  • : Yale University Press
  • : August 2018
  • : 1.5 Centimeters X 14 Centimeters X 21 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Stephen Mitchell
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 821.1
  • : 264