Klaeber's 'Beowulf' (Toronto Old English) (Toronto Old English Studies) Paperback – 1 Apr 2008
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Revising Klaeber's Beowulf was a feat commensurate with the heroic deeds of the poem's protagonist. The new edition is a roaring success. --Anatoly Liberman, Interdisciplinary Journal for Germanic Linguistics and Semiotic Analysis, vol 15:01:10
About the Author
R.D. Fulk is Class of 1964 Chancellor's Professor of English at Indiana University. Robert E. Bjork is a professor in the Department of English and director of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Arizona State University. John D. Niles is Frederic G. Cassidy Professor of Humanities in the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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The introduction and commentary address the insights and preoccupations of the last fifty years without overlooking the older scholarship that remains important and interesting. The coverage can no longer hope to be comprehensive, but it gives enough information to illuminate without overwhelming and provides references that the reader can follow up.
Only a few illustrations are given. I found it frustrating to be frequently referred to other books (which I don't have) for pictures of artefacts under discussion.
The text remains fairly conservative. The further diacritical marks that have been added to indicate pronunciation and/or etymology are very welcome. The fount is very clear.
I find the paperback disappointingly floppy but that doesn't reduce its usefulness.
I hadn't hoped that a new print edition could be realised as well as this. It will be a pleasure to use this for as long as I had used Klaeber's third edition.
When comparing this edition with the 3rd, I find it a little odd that one is reading a paragraph taken from the 3rd edition verbatim and then comes across a reference to "Klaeber's view." Klaeber's edition has its value as a period piece and while I appreciate having this 4th edition I do find myself leafing back to the 3rd to remind myself of what Klaeber actually said.
The U of T Press is to be commended for issuing revisions to the original 2008 edition (this is the 2014 version).
Some decisions seem a little off-putting for even the most resolute graduate student: the long description of the mss, for example, which Klaeber put towards the end of his introduction (at least in the version I have) but which here is placed upfront. In places, the editors seem to update Klaeber's prose for a later generation, and I wonder if this is always so necessary.
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