Beowulf: Old English Edition by Michael AnonymousBeowulf: Old English Edition by Michael Anonymous

Beowulf: Old English Edition

byMichael AnonymousEditorMichael AlexanderTranslated byMichael Alexander

Paperback | November 1, 1995

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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.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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.
Title:Beowulf: Old English EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.6 inPublished:November 1, 1995Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140433775

ISBN - 13:9780140433777


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic poem I read this poem for an English class at university and found it very interesting. The role of women in medieval poetry, and in Beowulf in particular, reflects their status in society at the time as property of men. Women belonged to their father, their husband or another male relative who owned them and was responsible for their welfare. In return, the women owed the men in their lives their devotion, obedience, and respect. Society expected women to behave with decorum and defer to men, and if they did not, they were ostracized and considered to be abnormal or deviant in some way. Although men valued their women very highly in medieval times, to settle disputes with neighbours and to secure peace through blood ties between enemies, they did not consider them to have enough value to have control over their own identities or have mastery over their own lives. The portrayal of the women in Beowulf shows the paradox for women of being highly valued, and at the same time, being so insignificant as to not even be named.
Date published: 2017-03-31

From Our Editors

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.