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The Singer of Tales (Harvard Studies in Comparative Literature) Paperback – 25 Apr 2000

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (25 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674002830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674002838
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.2 x 23.5 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,869,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This seminal work...is now reissued, forty years after its first appearance, with a new introduction by Stephen Mitchell and Gregory Nagy and an accompanying CD-ROM...[the CD] itself...splendidly justifies the reprint...Here at last we can hear the quirky drone of the gusle and the sing-song chant of the poets themselves, as they intone "The Song of Baghdad' or 'The Wedding of Smailagic Meho." The initial effect is disconcerting, but quickly becomes addictive. -- Alan Griffiths Times Literary Supplement


This 40th anniversary edition of Albert Lord's classic work includes a CD containing the original audio recording of all the passages of heroic songs quoted in the book; a video publication of the kinescopic filming of the most valued of the singers; and selected photographs taken during Milman Parry's collecting trips in the Balkans. Parry began recording and studying a live tradition of oral narrative poetry in order to find an answer to the age-old Homeric question: how had the author of the "Iliad" and "Odyssey" composed these two monumental epic poems at the very start of Europe's literary tradition? Parry's, and with him Lord's, enduring contribution - set forth in Lord's "The Singer of Tales" - was to demonstrate the process by which oral poets compose. Now reissued with a new introduction and an audio and visual record, this book should be of interest to those interested in the art and craft of oral literature.

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