Beowulf: Old English Edition

Paperback | November 1, 1995

byMichael AnonymousEditorMichael AlexanderTranslated byMichael Alexander

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The classic tale of monster-hunting, dragon-fighting Beowulf, here in its original Old English 

Beowulf is the greatest surviving work of literature in Old English, unparalleled in its epic grandeur and scope. It tells the story of the heroic Beowulf and of his battles, first with the monster Grendel, who has laid waste to the great hall of the Danish king Hrothgar, then with Grendel's avenging mother, and finally with a dragon that threatens to devastate his homeland. Through its blend of myth and history, Beowulf vividly evokes a twilight world in which men and supernatural forces live side by side, and celebrates the endurance of the human spirit in a transient world.

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 This landmark text marks the beginning of English literature. Beowulf is an eighth-century, Old English Anglo-Saxon poem that chronicles the story of the mythical Beowulf, a hero of unmatched courage. As he goes forth to Denmark to slay the monster Grendel, his exploits eventually lead him to the throne of Geatland and on his final da...

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The classic tale of monster-hunting, dragon-fighting Beowulf, here in its original Old English Beowulf is the greatest surviving work of literature in Old English, unparalleled in its epic grandeur and scope. It tells the story of the heroic Beowulf and of his battles, first with the monster Grendel, who has laid waste to the great hal...

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The Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf marks the beginning of English literature. Eighth-century in origin, composed to be recited aloud, it told its Anglo-Saxon listeners a story of their Scandinavian ancestors. It celebrates the hero Beowulf, who goes to Denmark and slays the monster Grendel and Grendel’s mother. He later becomes the king of G...

Michael Alexander edits the latest edition of this heroic Anglo-Saxon narrative poem, believed to have been written 1,250 years ago and rich in history and legend, to great acclaim.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.6 inPublished:November 1, 1995Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140433775

ISBN - 13:9780140433777

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 This landmark text marks the beginning of English literature. Beowulf is an eighth-century, Old English Anglo-Saxon poem that chronicles the story of the mythical Beowulf, a hero of unmatched courage. As he goes forth to Denmark to slay the monster Grendel, his exploits eventually lead him to the throne of Geatland and on his final day on Earth, sees Beowulf fall in battle to a great and fierce dragon. Readers can’t help but find themselves immersed in the universal themes of good, evil, life and death with this great book. Editor Michael Alexander provides extensive notes and an expert introduction.