The identity of Beowulf’s author and the exact date and place of its composition are unknown. A single copy of the poem, dated about the year 1000, survived Henry VIII’s destruction of England’s monasteries and was collected by Sir Robert Cotton. This copy was damaged, but not disastrously, in a library fire in 1731 and was finally placed in the British Museum in 1753. The Danish scholar Thorkelin had copies made of it in 1787 and published the whole of it for the first time in 1815. Originally untitled, it is named after its hero, Beowulf, and is divided into two... Read More
Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics On Sale: August 1, 1988 Price: $4.95
Written by an unknown poet around the eighth century, this masterpiece of Anglo-Saxon literature transforms legends, history and ancient songs into the richly colored tale of the hero Beowulf. A stirring portrait of a heroic world—somber, vast and magnificent.
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