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Beowulf

Beowulf.
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000.

Since its rediscovery in the nineteenth century, Beowulf has been translated many times. Seamus Heaney, the Irish Nobel Prize-winning poet, has produced a widely-acclaimed version. In his introduction, Heaney writes:

"I came to the task of translating Beowulf with a prejudice in
favour of forthright delivery. I remembered the voice of the
poem as being attractively direct, even though the diction was ornate and the narrative method at times oblique."


Beowulf

Beowulf.
Beowulf, illustrated by Lynd Ward. New York: Heritage Press, 1939.

Lynd Ward (1905-1985) illustrated nearly 200 books for adults and children. A prolific artist, Ward worked with a variety of media, including watercolor, oil, lithography, gouache, pen and ink, mezzotint, and woodcut. Ward's lithographs for Beowulf emphasize the movement and drama of the story.

From the library of John F. Horty, Jr.


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Beowulf translated by John Porter; with drawings by Nicholas Parry. Market Drayton, England: Tern Press, 1984.

The images were drawn by Nicholas Parry and printed and bound at his press. The unusual binding is done in suede and cork with gold paint. The relief etchings are very delicate in style, in contrast to their violent subject matter.


Beowulf.
The Tale of Beowulf, done out of the Old English tongue by William Morris and A.J. Wyatt. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1895.

The Kelmscott Press, which was founded by William Morris, the great English author, artist, social reformer, craftsman, and designer is considered to be the most important and influential private press of the nineteenth century. This edition includes elaborate page decorations and illuminated letters rather than illustrations of the story.


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