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- DescriptionAccurate and literally faithful, the Donaldson translation conveys the full meaning and spirit of the original. Backgrounds and Contexts provides readers with the historical, linguistic, and literary settings of Beowulf, including Robert C. Hughes on the origins of the Old English language, E. Talbot Donaldson's presentation of the major features of Old English poetry, new material on Beowulf's tribes and genealogies, three maps, and a facsimile illustration of the manuscript. Criticism collects seven new and wide-ranging interpretations of Beowulf by Fred C. Robinson, Roberta Frank, John D. Niles, Michael Lapidge, Joyce Hill, Helen Bennett, and Nicholas Howe. A Glossary of Proper Names and a Selected Bibliography are included.
- Author BiographyNicholas Howe was Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Professor of English at The Ohio State University. He was the author of The Old English Catalogue Poems: A Study in Poetic Form, Migration, and Mythmaking in Anglo-Saxon England, Writing the Map of Anglo-Saxon England, and of the Yale Guide to Old English Literature. E. Talbot Donaldson was Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Indiana University. His books include Piers Plowman: The C-Text and Its Poets, Chaucer's Poetry: An Anthology for the Modern Reader, and, with George Kane, the definitive edition of Piers Plowman: The B Version. He was a founding editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature.
- PublisherWW Norton & Co
- Date of Publication28/11/2001
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Series TitleNorton Critical Editions
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintWW Norton & Co
- Content NoteMaps and illustrations
- Weight220 g
- Width132 mm
- Height213 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Edited byNicholas Howe
- Translated byE. Talbot Donaldson
- Edition Statement2nd Revised edition
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