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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great New Book, November 15, 2010
This review is from: The Beowulf Manuscript: Complete Texts and The Fight at Finnsburg (Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library) (Hardcover)
This new volume, presenting all of the texts in the Beowulf manuscript together, both in the original and in translation, is an extremely welcome book for Anglo-Saxonists and general readers alike. R.D. Fulk's translations are accurate and trustworthy, yet very readable - a perfect balance. The Dumbarton Oaks series was smart to enlist Fulk for this task: his scholarship has established him as one of the greatest Anglo-Saxonists of our generation, and this book is no exception.

This book, moreover, would be a great starting place for anyone interested in Old English literature and needing an accessible and engaging point of entry. Highly recommended.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent edition, November 21, 2010
This review is from: The Beowulf Manuscript: Complete Texts and The Fight at Finnsburg (Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library) (Hardcover)
A beautiful piece of work: readable, accessible, and great layout. Fulk's translation is both perfectly reliable and engaging to read. An excellent purchase for both the serious academic and the casual reader.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an exciting start to a wonderful series!, November 30, 2010
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This review is from: The Beowulf Manuscript: Complete Texts and The Fight at Finnsburg (Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library) (Hardcover)
This is one of the inaugural volumes of the new Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library, a major publishing enterprise which aims to fill the gap between Loeb Classics and I Tatti Renaissance Library.

If this book is any indication, the series will soon play an essential role in promoting the study of important medieval texts in facing-page editions/translations. This volume brings together all of the texts of the Beowulf Manuscript, Cotton Vitellius A.XV, and provides a lucid prose English translation.

On an aesthetic note: absolutely gorgeous, a pleasure to read, lovely font, high-quality paper and binding: these books will instruct and delight for many, many years!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars let me add my praise, January 30, 2012
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there isn't much left to be said after the other reviews. this really is a beautiful book. it has brought beowulf to me in a way that i can follow the story more easily. the book is set up with the original language and translation side-to-side. anyone interested in the linguistics would find this book most valuable.

the one thing i can say is that this series has grown and harvard's site has a list of books that boggle the mind. in the day of the book-killing kindle, it's nice to know people still value the book, as opposed to just the written word, and are willing to still print. there really is nothing like holding a book, turning its pages, and letting it take you places you wouldn't otherwise be able to go.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific !, March 2, 2011
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Part of the new series 'Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library' that will present editions of the text in the original language with facing pace translations, this volume makes the ENTIRE Beowulf manuscript available to readers, including not only the Fight at Finnsburg but Alexander the Great's Letter to Aristotle, teh Wonders of the East, fragments of St. Christopher and Judith. The volume is well produced, a convenient size with clear type. Watch for the other Old English texts that will appear in this series!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete and beautifully bound foundation of English literature, January 31, 2012
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This review is from: The Beowulf Manuscript: Complete Texts and The Fight at Finnsburg (Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library) (Hardcover)
This is a gem of a book. Somewhat in the style of the Loeb and Oxford Classic texts, the Dumbarton-Oaks series brings forth heretofore rare translations of medieval works. In "The Beowulf Manuscript" we have R.D. Fulk's lucid translation of the Old English classic along with a number of wide ranging lesser known works. Of particular interest to me was the fascinating "Letter of Alexander the Great to Aristotle"; if only it included Aristotle's (presumed) reproachful reply.

The binding of the volume, with full maroon cloth boards, black dyed contrast panels and just enough gilt to draw the eye is superlative and very fitting for such an important work. Larger than LCL, the 5 1/2" x 8" dimensions are a nice compromise in terms of readability and portability. The paper stock feels substantial and the font style coupled with the intensely black ink provides a nice contrast to many of the translation texts currently in print. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HIGH QUALITY - FACING PAGE TRANSLATION, April 20, 2013
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This is a beautiful, high quality book. The main content presents Beowulf manuscript together with the other manuscripts that are bound together in the British Library volume. The original text is printed on one side ( not facsimile), and a translation mirrors on the opposite. Among my favorite.
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