Odyssey The Fitzgerald Translation

ISBN-10: 0374525749
ISBN-13: 9780374525743
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Description: The classic translation of The Odyssey, now in a Noonday paperback. Robert Fitzgerald's translation of Homer's Odyssey is the best and best-loved modern translation of the greatest of all epic poems. Since 1961, this Odyssey has sold more than two  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 11/5/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 592
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

The classic translation of The Odyssey, now in a Noonday paperback. Robert Fitzgerald's translation of Homer's Odyssey is the best and best-loved modern translation of the greatest of all epic poems. Since 1961, this Odyssey has sold more than two million copies, and it is the standard translation for three generations of students and poets. The Noonday Press is delighted to publish a new edition of this classic work.Fitzgerald's supple verse is ideally suited to the story of Odysseus' long journey back to his wife and home after the Trojan War. Homer's tale of love, adventure, food and drink, sensual pleasure, and mortal danger reaches the English-language reader in all its glory. Of the many translations published since World War II, only Fitzgerald's has won admiration as a great poem in English. The noted classicist D. S. Carne-Ross explains the many aspects of its artistry in his Introduction, written especially for this new edition. The Noonday Press edition also features a map, a Glossary of Names and Places, and Fitzgerald's Postscript. Line drawings precede each book of the poem. Winner of the Bollingen Prize

Homer is the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, the two greatest Greek epic poems. Nothing is known about Homer personally; it is not even known for certain whether there is only one true author of these two works. Homer is thought to have been an Ionian from the 9th or 8th century B.C. While historians argue over the man, his impact on literature, history, and philosophy is so significant as to be almost immeasurable. The Iliad relates the tale of the Trojan War, about the war between Greece and Troy, brought about by the kidnapping of the beautiful Greek princess, Helen, by Paris. It tells of the exploits of such legendary figures as Achilles, Ajax, and Odysseus. The Odyssey recounts the subsequent return of the Greek hero Odysseus after the defeat of the Trojans. On his return trip, Odysseus braves such terrors as the Cyclops, a one-eyed monster; the Sirens, beautiful temptresses; and Scylla and Charybdis, a deadly rock and whirlpool. Waiting for him at home is his wife who has remained faithful during his years in the war. Both the Iliad and the Odyssey have had numerous adaptations, including several film versions of each.

The Poem of Odysseus
Map of Homer's World
The Odyssey
A Goddess Intervenes
A Hero's Son Awakens
The Lord of the Western Approaches
The Red-haired King and His Lady
Sweet Nymph and Open Sea
The Princess at the River
Gardens and Firelight
The Songs of the Harper
New Coasts and Poseidon's Son
The Grace of the Witch
A Gathering of Shades
Sea Perils and Defeat
One More Strange Island
Hospitality in the Forest
How They Came to Ithaka
Father and Son
The Beggar at the Manor
Blows and a Queen's Beauty
Recognitions and a Dream
Signs and a Vision
The Test of the Bow
Death in the Great Hall
The Trunk of the Olive Tree
Warriors, Farewell
A Note on the Text
Postscript
Critical Writing on The Odyssey and Homeric Poetry
Notes and Glossary

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