A Guide to Old English

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 7, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 448 pages
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A comprehensive introduction to Old English, combining simple, clear philology with the best literary works to provide a compelling and accessible beginners’ guide.

  • Provides a comprehensive introduction to Old English
  • Uses a practical approach suited to the needs of the beginning student
  • Features selections from the greatest works of Old English literature, organized from simple to more challenging texts to keep pace with the reader
  • Includes a discussion of Anglo-Saxon literature, history, and culture, and a bibliography directing readers to useful publications on the subject
  • Updated throughout with new material including the first 25 lines from Beowulf with detailed annotation and an explanation of Grimm’s and Verner’s laws

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Excellent. Used this as a course book at university, but I managed to teach myself quite a lot from it before I went. This is the book you need if you want to learn, or learn about, Old English. It ... Read full review


Foreword to the Eighth
Word Formation
An Introduction to AngloSaxon
Selections from the AngloSaxon Chronicle
Bedes Accountof the Conversion ofKingEdwin 9 Bedes Account of the Poet Cdmon
Prose and Verse from the Introduction to King Alfreds Boethius Translation
The Battle of Maldon
The Ruin
The Dream of the Rood
The Wifes Lament 16 The Wanderer 17 The Seafarer

APPENDIX A Strong Verbs
APPENDIXBSome Effectsof iMutation
List of Linguistic Terms Used in this
APPENDIX E The Moods of Old English
Two Old Testament Pieces
A Colloquy on the Occupations
Two Characteristic Prose Works by lfric
Alfred the Greats Preface tohis Translation
Four excerpts from Beowulf Prologue a Beowulfs Fight with Grendel
b Beowulf Consoles Hrothgar for scheres Death c The Lamentofthe Last Survivor d Beowulfs Funeral
Wulf and Eadwacer
Cotton Gnomes or Maxims
Indexes to Part

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About the author (2011)

Fred C. Robinson is Douglas Tracy Smith Professor Emeritus at Yale University. He is a Fellow and past President of the Medieval Academy of America, and has received many honors. He has written extensively on Beowulf, Old English, and English and American literature and language of all periods.

Bruce Mitchell is late Fellow Emeritus of St. Edmund Hall, University of Oxford.

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