The Odyssey: The Fitzgerald Translation

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Macmillan, Nov 15, 1998 - Poetry - 515 pages
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Robert Fitzgerald's translation of Homer's Odyssey is the best and bestloved modem 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.

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The Poem of Odysseus by D S CarneRoss
Map of Homers World
BOOK I A Goddess Intervenes
BOOK II A Heros Son Awakens
BOOK III The Lord of the Western Approaches
BOOK IV The Redhaired King and His Lady
BOOK V Sweet Nymph and Open Sea
BOOK VI The Princess at the River
BOOK XV How They Came to Ithaka
BOOK XVI Father and Son
BOOK XVII The Beggar at the Manor
BOOK XVIII Blows and a Queens Beauty
BOOK XIX Recognitions and a Dream
BOOK XX Signs and a Vision
BOOK XXI The Test of the Bow
BOOK XXII Death in the Great Hall

BOOK VII Gardens and Firelight
BOOK VIII The Songs of the Harper
BOOK IX New Coasts and Poseidons Son
BOOK X The Grace of the Witch
BOOK XI A Gathering of Shades
BOOK XII Sea Perils and Defeat
BOOK XIII One More Strange Island
BOOK XIV Hospitality in the Forest
BOOK XXIII TheTrunk of the Olive Tree
BOOK XXIV Warriors Farewell
A Note on the Text
Postscript by Robert Fitzgerald
Critical Writing on The Odyssey and Homeric Poetry
Notes and Glossary

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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.

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