A Dual-Language Edition
Anchor Books, Paperback, 9781400096220, 446pp.
Publication Date: February 14, 2006
Leading Beowulf scholar Howell D. Chickering, Jr.'s, fresh and lively translation, featuring the Old English on facing pages, allows the reader to encounter Beowulf as poetry. This edition incorporates recent scholarship and provides historical and literary context for the modern reader. It includes the following:
a guide to reading aloud
a chart of royal genealogies
notes on the background of the poem
glosses on the eight most famous passages, for the student who wishes to translate from the original
an extensive bibliography.
“It is everywhere vigorous. . . . Chickering enjoys the poem immensely, and this attractive attitude shines everywhere. . . . This book is valuable for its extended literary appreciations and its facing text.” –Library Journal
“A fine book. . . . The essays on poetics, social history, and structure and the notes to specific passages survey the important scholarship.” –Choice