Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy

ISBN-10: 0486434559

ISBN-13: 9780486434551

Edition: 2004

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Description: "Colum's stirring telling of the Greek epics is still unequaled as an introduction to the classic myths for young readers. . . . Illustrated with Pogany's superb drawings, full of the driving force of the poetic prose."—Publisher's Weekly Memorable retelling of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey—written for young readers by Ireland's great poet and playwright—follows Odysseus on his perilous journey to the land of the Cyclops, where he encounters a race of giants, each with a single eye in the middle of his forehead; confronts Circe, an evil enchantress who turns Odysseus's men into swine; and experiences a host of other amazing adventures before he returns to his faithful wife, Penelope. 17 black-and-white illustrations.

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List price: $6.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/19/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.154
Language: English

Born in a Longford workhouse where his father was first teacher and then master, Padraic Colum grew into an important figure in the Irish literary renaissance before immigrating to the United States. Invited by the Fay brothers to join the National Theatre Society, he married the teacher and writer Mary Maguire, with whom he undertook several joint projects. The Colums immigrated to the United States in 1914. Colum kept up a varied production of verse, plays, fiction, criticism, and children's literature, together with active lecturing. His most extended teaching appointment was at Columbia University, where he and his wife offered a joint course in comparative literature. Colum felt that his Roman Catholic and peasant roots gave him a closer tie to the Irish folk than did the Protestant, Anglo-Irish background of many writers of the Irish renaissance. His poetry usually deals with common people and rural landscapes in a forthright manner. Colum was resolutely Irish, and his work for the most part avoids didacticism or sentimental nationalism in favor of straightforward presentation.

How Telemachus the son of Odysseus was moved to go on a voyage in search of his father and how he heard from Menelaus and Helen the tale of Troy
How Odysseus left Calypso's Island and came to the land of the Phaeacians
How he told he fared with the Cyclopes and went past the terrible Scylla and Charybdis and came to the Island of Thrinacia where his men slaughtered the Cattle of the Sun
How he was given a ship by the Phaeacians and came to his own land
How he overthrew the wooers who wasted his substance and came to reign again as King of Ithaka
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