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The Odyssey

The Odyssey

A lean, fleet-footed translation that recaptures Homer's nimble gallop and brings an ancient epic to new life.

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ISBN 9780393356250
Barcode 9780393356250
Published 27 November 2018 by WW Norton & Co
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Author(s) By Homer
Translated by Wilson, Emily
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ISBN-13 9780393356250
ISBN-10 0393356256
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Imprint WW Norton & Co
Publication Date 27 November 2018
International Publication Date 6 November 2018
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Homer
Translated by Wilson, Emily
Category Poetry Texts & Anthologies
Number of Pages 592
Dimensions Width: 145mm
Height: 211mm
Spine: 30mm
Weight 670g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Epic poetry, Greek - Translations into English
NBS Text Poetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 883.01
Catalogue Code 943053

Description of this Book

The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home. In this fresh, authoritative version, this stirring tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic comes alive in an entirely new way. Wilson's Odyssey captures the beauty and enchantment of this ancient poem as well as the suspense and drama of its narrative. Its characters are unforgettable, from the cunning goddess Athena, whose interventions guide and protect the hero, to the awkward teenage son, Telemachus, from the cautious, clever, and miserable Penelope, to the complicated hero himself, who emerges in this translation as a more fully rounded human being than ever before. A fascinating introduction provides an informative overview of the Bronze Age milieu that produced the epic, the major themes of the poem, the controversies about its origins, and the unparalleled scope of its impact and influence. This is an Odyssey that will be treasured by a new generation of scholars, students, and general readers alike.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A masterpiece of translation--fluent, elegant, vigorous.--Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, University of Cambridge 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 This is the most accessible, and yet accurate, translation of Homer's masterwork that I have ever read.--Susan Wise Bauer, author of The History of the Ancient World As the first English translation of this ancient tale by a woman, this lively, fast-paced retelling of Homer's epic is long overdue. Much as Homer did in his time, Wilson whisks the audience into a realm both familiar and fantastical. The world of Odysseus and his adventures take shape before the reader's eyes, luminescent once more, in this engaging new translation.--Justine McConnell, King's College, London, author of Black Odysseys Irresistibly readable...turns Homeric epic into a poetic feast.--Froma Zeitlin, Princeton University A remarkable new translation. Poised and unadulterated--a feast for the senses.--Daisy Dunn, author of Catullus' Bedspread
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Emily Wilson is a professor of classical studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Philadelphia.

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