The Odyssey

The Odyssey Author Homer
ISBN-10 0140268863
ISBN-13 9780140268867
Year 1999-11-29
Pages 560
Language English
Publisher Penguin Classics
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The great epic of Western literature translated by the acclaimed classicist Robert Fagles Robert Fagles winner of the PEN Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and a 1996 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters presents us with Homer s best loved and most accessible poem in a stunning modern verse translation Sing to me of the man Muse the man of twists and turns driven time and again off course once he had plundered the hallowed heights of Troy So begins Robert Fagles magnificent translation of the Odyssey which Jasper Griffin in the New York Times Book Reviewhails as a distinguished achievement If the Iliad is the world s greatest war epic the Odyssey is literature s grandest evocation of an everyman s journey through life Odysseus reliance on his wit and wiliness for survival in his encounters with divine and natural forces during his ten year voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War is at once a timeless human story and an individual test of moral endurance In the myths and legends retold here Fagles has captured the energy and poetry of Homer s original in a bold contemporary idiom and given us an Odyssey to read aloud to savor and to treasure for its sheer lyrical mastery Renowned classicist Bernard Knox s superb introduction and textual commentary provide insightful background information for the general reader and scholar alike intensifying the strength of Fagles s translation This is an Odyssey to delight both the classicist and the general reader to captivate a new generation of Homer s students This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition features French flaps and deckle edged paper For more than seventy years Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With more than 1 700 titles Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors as well as up to date translations by award winning translators

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