Klaeber's Beowulf, Fourth Edition

Klaeber's Beowulf, Fourth Edition

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Edited by R.D. Fulk, Robert E. Bjork, and John D. Niles
Toronto Old English Studies
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2008
World Rights
704 Pages
ISBN 9780802095671
Published Apr 2008
Online discount: 15%
 $45.95    $39.06

Frederick Klaeber's Beowulf has long been the standard edition for study by students and advanced scholars alike. Its wide-ranging coverage of scholarship, its comprehensive philological aids, and its exceptionally thorough notes and glossary have ensured its continued use in spite of the fact that the book has remained largely unaltered since 1936. The fourth edition has been prepared with the aim of updating the scholarship while preserving the aspects of Klaeber's work that have made it useful to students of literature, linguists, historians, folklorists, manuscript specialists, archaeologists, and theorists of culture.

A revised Introduction and Commentary incorporates the vast store of scholarship on Beowulf that has appeared since 1950. It brings readers up to date on areas of scholarship that have been controversial since the last edition, including the construction of the unique manuscript and views on the poem's date and unity of composition. The lightly revised text incorporates the best textual criticism of the intervening years, and the expanded Commentary furnishes detailed bibliographic guidance to discussion of textual cruces, as well as to modern and contemporary critical concerns. Aids to pronunciation have been added to the text, and advances in the study of the poem's language are addressed throughout. Readers will find that the book remains recognizably Klaeber's work, but with altered and added features designed to render it as useful today as it has ever been.

R.D. Fulk is Class of 1964 Chancellor's Professor of English at Indiana University.

Robert E. Bjork is a professor in the Department of English and director of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Arizona State University.

John D. Niles is Frederic G. Cassidy Professor of Humanities in the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Revising Klaeber's Beowulf was a feat commensurate with the heroic deeds of the poem's protagonist. The new edition is a roaring success.

Anatoly Liberman, Interdisciplinary Journal for Germanic Linguistics and Semiotic Analysis, vol 15:01:10

Best Edition Award awarded by International Society of Anglo-Saxonists () - Winner in 2009