Gilgamesh: A Verse Narrative

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003 - Poetry - 129 pages
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Herbert Mason's best-selling Gilgamesh is the most widely read and enduring interpretation of this ancient Babylonian epic. One of the oldest and most universal stories known in literature, the epic of Gilgamesh presents the grand, timeless themes of love and death, loss and reparations within the stirring tale of a hero-king and his doomed friend. A finalist for the National Book Award, Mason's retelling is at once a triumph of scholarship, a masterpiece of style, and a labor of love that grew out of the poet's long affinity with the original.

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User Review  - J. Alfred - Goodreads

Mason, in his introduction and notes, makes some heavy weather over how important this poem is in the human experience and whatnot. Meh! His translation changes just about everything I remember about ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dane Myers - Goodreads

I'm not generally a fan of Ancient literature, so I went into this expecting fairly stilted, melodramatic language and themes. But this story is more contemporary, more real than the stories of the ... Read full review

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A Verse Narrative
Names and Places Appearing in the Narrative
About the Gilgamesh
An Autobiographical Postscript
Afterword to the Mariner Edition

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About the author (2003)

Herbert Mason is William Goodwin Aurelio professor of history and religious thought at Boston University. He lives in Phillipston, Massachusetts.

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