Life and Background of the Author. Introduction to The Odyssey. Critical Commentaries. Book 1: Athena Inspires the Prince. Book 2: Telemachus Sets Sail. Book 3: King Nestor Remembers. Book 4: The King and Queen of Sparta. Book 5: Odysseus––Nymph and Shipwreck. Books 6–8: The Princess and the Stranger; Phaeacia′s Halls and Gardens; A Day for Songs and Contests. Book 9: In the One–Eyed Giant′s Cave. Book 10: The Bewitching Queen of Aeaea. Book 11: The Kingdom of the Dead. Book 12: The Cattle of the Sun. Books 13 & 14: Ithaca at Last; The Loyal Swineherd. Books 15 & 16: The Prince Sets Sail for Home; Father and Son. Book 17: Stranger at the Gate. Book 18: The Beggar–King at Ithaca. Book 19: Penelope and Her Guest. Book 20: Portents Gather. Book 21: Odysseus Strings His Bow. Book 22: Slaughter in the Hall. Book 23: The Great Rooted Bed. Book 24: Peace. Character Analyses. Critical Essays. CliffsNotes Review. CliffsNotes Resource Center. Index.