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Beowulf

(1999)
A New Verse Translation
A collection of poems by

 
 
What could be a more promising poetic project than the greatest of early English poems, Beowulf, newly translated by arguably the greatest of living poets writing in English, Seamus Heaney? The literary pedigree of this great fabular epic in the hands of Nobel Laureate Heaney matches Ted Hughes' award-winning rewrite of Ovid's Metamorphosis, Tales from Ovid. Heaney has chosen the plain, prosaic yet subtly cadenced vernacular of his Northern Irish roots as the poetic voice into which he renders this famous Anglo-Saxon fabular epic of a dragon-slaying Danish warrior. The result is an engaging evocation of the highly alliterative, densely metaphorical texture of Anglo-Saxon verse, which is famously hard to capture in modern English poetic forms.

"It's narrative elements may belong to a previous age but as a work of art it lives in the present," writes Heaney of this tale of monstrous, murderous Grendel, heroic, kingly Beowulf, blood-feuds, dragon-slaying and spiritual grace. The very plain-spokenness of Heaney's translation makes it admirably easy to read and understand, whilst rendering an often true translation at a galloping narrative pace. Heaney's Beowulf opens up one of the most famous founding epics of European literature to a modern world of new readers. --James Barry


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Hardback Editions

November 2008 : USA Library Binding

Title: Beowulf: A New Verse Translation
Author(s): Seamus Heaney
ISBN: 1-4395-6866-9 / 978-1-4395-6866-8 (USA edition)
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February 2000 : UK Hardback

Title: Beowulf - Limited Edition (numbered and signed by the author)
Author(s): Seamus Heaney
ISBN: 0-571-20342-6 / 978-0-571-20342-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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February 2001 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Beowulf (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Seamus Heaney
ISBN: 1-4176-6637-4 / 978-1-4176-6637-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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September 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: Beowulf: A New Verse Translation (English, Old English and Old English Edition)
Author(s): Seamus Heaney
ISBN: 1-56895-920-6 / 978-1-56895-920-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Pub Inc
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February 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: Beowulf: A New Verse Translation
Author(s): Seamus Heaney
ISBN: 0-374-11119-7 / 978-0-374-11119-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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October 1999 : USA Hardback

Title: Beowulf A New Verse Translation
Author(s): Seamus Heaney
ISBN: 0-393-04811-X / 978-0-393-04811-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: W W Norton
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September 1999 : UK Hardback
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Title: Beowulf: A New Translation
Author(s): Seamus Heaney
ISBN: 0-571-20113-X / 978-0-571-20113-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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Paperback Editions

March 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Beowulf (Bilingual Edition)
Author(s): Seamus Heaney
ISBN: 0-571-23041-5 / 978-0-571-23041-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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April 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: Beowulf: A New Translation
Author(s): Seamus Heaney
ISBN: 0-571-20376-0 / 978-0-571-20376-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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October 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Beowulf: An Illustrated Edition
Author(s): John D Niles
ISBN: 0-393-33010-9 / 978-0-393-33010-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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February 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: Beowulf: A New Verse Translation (Bilingual Edition)
Author(s): Seamus Heaney
ISBN: 0-393-32097-9 / 978-0-393-32097-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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Audio Editions

December 2004 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Beowulf
Author(s): Seamus Heaney
ISBN: 1-4025-8177-7 / 978-1-4025-8177-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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January 2000 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Beowulf: A New Translation
Author(s): Seamus Heaney
ISBN: 0-14-180247-2 / 978-0-14-180247-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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June 2000 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Beowulf
Author(s): Seamus Heaney
ISBN: 1-56511-426-4 / 978-1-56511-426-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Highbridge Co
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November 1999 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Beowulf: A New Translation (Penguin)
Author(s): Heaney Seamus
ISBN: 0-14-180123-9 / 978-0-14-180123-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Kindle Editions

February 2009 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Beowulf
Author(s): Seamus Heaney
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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February 2001 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Beowulf (Bilingual Edition)
Author(s): Seamus Heaney
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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