A Dual-Language Edition
By Howell D. Chickering, Jr. (Translator)
(Anchor Books, Paperback, 9781400096220, 446pp.)
Publication Date: February 14, 2006
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The first major poem in English literature, Beowulf tells the story of the life and death of the legendary hero Beowulf in his three great battles with supernatural monsters. The ideal Anglo-Saxon warrior-aristocrat, Beowulf is an example of the heroic spirit at its finest.
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