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Beowulf: A Student Edition [Paperback]

George Jack
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20 Oct 1994
Beowulf, the major surviving poem in Old English, is composed in a language that is rich but often difficult. This edition makes the poem more accessible in its original language, and at the same time provides the materials necessary for its detailed study at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. As well as supplying a full textual commentary, George Jack includes extensive running glosses beside the text in order to facilitate the reading of Beowulf for students at any stage. Also included is the text of the Finnsburh Fragment, because of its special relevance to Beowulf.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press; Student edition (20 Oct 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198710445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198710448
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 15.5 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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'This will surely be the standard edition of Beowulf' Dr Margaret Connolly, University College, Cork 'very student user-friendly' Dr J. A. George, Uninversity of Dundee 'it will be most useful and exactly the kind of student edition that has long been needed' Dr William Marx, University of Wales, Lampeter 'This up-to-date edition it a godsend.' Peter J. Lucas, University College, Dublin We have long been waiting for it.' Professor Dr Heinz Bergner, Justus-Liebig-Universitat Giessen presents its familiar material in a conspicuously rejuvenated way...This edition follows a current trend towards providing most of the material necessary for the study of a major work within a single volume...The introduction has detailed and authoritative discussions of all the major aspects of the poem, apart from general critical interpretation, for which the reader is referred to items in the extensive bibliography. English This fully annotated edition makes the poem Beowulf more accessible in its original language, and provides the materials necessary for its detailed study by those new to Old English. The Medieval World Students working through Beowulf in the original language for the first time ... may find themselves grateful for this compact, efficient, and inexpensive introduction to the poem. Every part of Jack's text is presented with meticulous accuracy - a welcome virtue in publications of this kind. References are brief but apt, expert, and up-to-date. John D. Niles, University of California, Berkeley, Speculum - A Journal of Medieval Studies, Jan 1997

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George Jack is at University of St Andrews.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners and experts alike 13 Mar 2010
As a university undergraduate I found this to be one of the best versions of Beowulf around as the 'extras' are incredbly useful. Others won't add contextual information, a running gloss or a miniature Beowuld specific dictionary at the back, and the editor's footnotes also point out interesting manuscript differences, recommend some critics and alternate readings of words/lines.
I've not studied Old English very long, and this edition is clear and comprehensible, not patronising the new reader, but neither does it assume the reader is a complete expert and drown you in complex grammar.
For anyone who wants to read Beowulf, this is highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars glossing better than translation 14 April 2013
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Few of us know anglo saxon, so this glossing, instead of translating/ refashioning is what is needed for poetry. Accompanying cd would be nice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learning Old English 12 Nov 2011
This text is very useful for students who want to learn Beowulf in the original Old English. The words are easy to follow and the format of the book is relatively simple, which makes it easier to use. It is especially helpful when used in tandem with a modern English version, or if the person reading it already has an understanding of the story. Definitely recommended for both high school and college courses.
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4.0 out of 5 stars best student edition 6 May 1999
By adil ali - Published on Amazon.com
Jack's Beowulf is currently the best student edition (undergrad & non-specialist grad) available. The student's progress through the text is fluent and full, and is made so by the accurate and usable glosses that are conveniently placed on the right margin of each text page. The book is light on supporting commentary and ancillary helps, but its up-to-date bibliography makes any such inclusions redundant. The serious student of this important poem will need to advance, however, to Klaeber's still authoritative edition. This is so because the guiding hand of the glossary in Jack's edition will subtly and inevitably direct the student towards the editor's own overall reading of the poem and away from his own. Ideally, one should read Beowulf free of glossary and with only a minimum of attention to commentary. The reader's best friend here will be the unmatched Bosworth-Toller Anglo-Saxon Lexicon. The thrifty student may substitute J.R. Clark Hall's Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary. Also, try to keep the full OED handy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rafael Juan Pascual Hernández on George Jack's edition of the 3182 lines of alliterative verse often printed as Beowulf 17 April 2007
By Rafael Juan Pascual Hernández - Published on Amazon.com
If you are a student of OE who does not know how to begin with OE literature, I strongly recommend this edition to you. The introduction provides the reader with some notes about the manuscript, the style of the poem and some other interesting information together with a bibliography for further reading.

The whole poem is edited here in the original (Old English), with no direct translation into PDE. But many marginal notes satisfactorily help us with the understanding of the lines.

The shorter poem The Fight at Finnsburh is contained in this volume as well.

Finally, a glossary of vocabulary is presented.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best for Students 24 Jan 2007
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I would recommend this book to beginners of OE study. Glossaries on the right side of text decrease the difficulty of OE texts and make them more accessible. My professor recommended this book to me and I see that this one is really a good choice for any student.
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