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The Odyssey Paperback – Deckle Edge, November 6, 2018

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Editorial Reviews


“A masterpiece of translation.”
- Rowan Williams, University of Cambridge

“A revelation. Never have I been so aware at once of the beauty of the poetry, the physicality of Homer’s world, and the moral ambiguity of those who inhabit it.”
- Susan Chira, New York Times Book Review

“Emily Wilson’s crisp and musical version is a cultural landmark.… This translation will change the way the poem is read in English.”
- Charlotte Higgins, Guardian

“In the history of Odyssey translations, few have exerted such a cultural influence that they become ‘classics’ in their own right.… I predict that Emily Wilson will win a place in this roll-call of the most significant translations of the poem in history. She certainly deserves the honour.”
- Edith Hall, Daily Telegraph

“Emily Wilson has given us a staggeringly superior translation―true, poetic, lively and readable, and always closely engaged with the original Greek―that brings to life the fascinating variety of voices in Homer’s great epic.”
- Richard F. Thomas, Harvard University

“When I first read these lines…, I was floored. I’d never read an Odyssey that sounded like this. It had such directness, the lines feeling not as if they were being fed into iambic pentameter because of some strategic decision but because the meter was a natural mode for its speaker.”
- Wyatt Mason, New York Times Magazine

“In her powerful new translation, Emily Wilson… has chosen immediacy and naturalism over majestic formality. She preserves the musicality of Homer’s poetry, opting for an iambic pentameter whose approachable storytelling tone invites us in, only to startle us with eruptions of beauty.… Wilson’s transformation of such a familiar and foundational work is… astonishing.”
- Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Atlantic

“Wilson’s translation is a superb achievement and a striking departure from the tradition of Homeric translation into English.… There is no elaborate or antiquated diction, just a crispness and clear-headedness that will seem quite alien to anyone familiar with earlier versions.… Wilson has produced a wonderfully distinctive―and modern―version of the poem.”
- Henry Power, Evening Standard

“Irresistibly readable, Wilson’s Odyssey turns Homeric epic into a poetic feast.”
- Froma Zeitlin, Princeton University

“This translation is a marvel! Bold and timely and ever so exciting.… As majestic as literature gets.”
- Max Porter, author of Grief Is the Thing With Feathers

About the Author

Emily Wilson is professor of classical studies and graduate chair of the Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. Wilson attended Oxford University (Balliol College, B.A., and Corpus Christi College, M.Phil.) and Yale University (Ph.D.). In 2006, she was named a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome in Renaissance and Early Modern scholarship, and in 2019 was named a MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. In addition to The Odyssey, she has published translations of Euripides, Sophocles, and Seneca. Among her other books are Mocked with Death: Tragic Overliving from Sophocles to Milton; The Death of Socrates: Hero, Villain, Chatterbox, Saint; The Greatest Empire: A Life of Seneca; and Faithful, a book about translation. Wilson is an editor of The Norton Anthology of World Literature and an advisory editor of the Norton Library.

Product details

  • Lexile Measure : 830L
  • Item Weight : 1.44 pounds
  • Paperback : 592 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0393356256
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0393356250
  • Product Dimensions : 5.8 x 1.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company (November 6, 2018)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 1,038 ratings
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