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  • The Canterbury Talesby Geoffrey Chaucer

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 28.19

    At the Tabard Inn in Southwark, a jovial group of pilgrims assembles, including an unscrupulous Pardoner, a noble-minded Knight, a ribald Miller, the lusty Wife of Bath, and Chaucer himself. As they set out on their journey towards the shrine of Thomas a Becket in Canterbury, each character agrees to tell a tale. The twenty-four tales that follow are... more...

  • Three Scottish Poetsby MacCaig Morgan Lochhead

    Canongate Books 2010; US$ 9.96

    MACCAIG * MORGAN * LOCHHEADIntroduced by Roderick WatsonThis book contains a selection of the finest work from three of Scotland?s best-known and best-loved poets: Norman MacCaig, Edwin Morgan and Liz Lochhead. They have fascinated and charmed thousands of readers and listeners across Europe and America with the energy, humour and compassion of their... more...

  • The Essential Odysseyby Homer; Stanley Lombardo; Sheila Murnaghan

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2007; US$ 9.50

    This generous abridgment of Stanley Lombardo?s translation of the Odyssey offers more than half of the epic, including all of its best-known episodes and finest poetry, while providing concise summaries for omitted books and passages. more...

  • Stung with Love: Poems and Fragments of Sapphoby Sappho; Carol Ann Duffy; Aaron Poochigian

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 12.68

    More or less 150 years after Homer's Iliad , Sappho lived on the island of Lesbos, west off the coast of what is present Turkey. Little remains today of her writings, which are said to have filled nine papyrus rolls in the great library at Alexandria some 500 years after her death. The surviving texts consist of a lamentably small and fragmented body... more...

  • The Satiresby Juvenal; Niall Rudd; William Barr

    OUP Oxford 2008; US$ 7.99

    Juvenal, writing between AD 110 and 130, was one of the greatest satirists of Imperial Rome. His powerful and witty attacks on the vices, abuses, and follies of the big city have been admired and used by many English writers, including Ben Jonson, Dryden, and most notably, Dr Johnson, who described his writing as `a mixture of gaiety and statelines,... more...

  • The Cambridge Companion to Paradise Lostby Louis Schwartz

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 24.00

    Short, accessible essays from fifteen recognized Milton specialists touching on the most important topics and themes in Paradise Lost. more...

  • Beowulfby Kevin Crossley-Holland; Heather O'Donoghue

    OUP Oxford 2008; US$ 5.99

    Beowulf is the longest and finest literary work to have come down to us from Anglo-Saxon times, and one of the world's greatest epic poems. This acclaimed translation is complemented by a critical introduction and substantial editorial apparatus. more...

  • Pure Paganby Burton Raffel; Guy Davenport

    Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 11.95

    ?For there is indeed something we can call the spirit of ancient Greece?a carefully tuned voice that speaks out of the grave with astonishing clarity and grace , a distinctive voice that, taken as a whole, is like no other voice that has ever sung on this earth.? ? BURTON RAFFEL, from his Preface For centuries, the poetry of Homer, Aristophanes,... more...

  • Aeneidby Virgil; Stanley Lombardo; W. R. Johnson

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2005; US$ 11.95

    Long a master of the crafts of Homeric translation and of rhapsodic performance, Stanley Lombardo now turns to the quintessential epic of Roman antiquity, a work with deep roots in the Homeric tradition. With characteristic virtuosity, he delivers a rendering of the Aeneid as compelling as his groundbreaking translations of the Iliad and the... more...

  • Metamorphosesby Ovid

    ReadHowYouWant 2009; US$ 3.99

    The brilliant historical epic “Metamorphoses” is Ovid’s magnum opus. He has brilliantly presented a vast canvas which offers a multitude of legendary and mythical figures; these are linked together by a single thread – the theme of transition and unpredictability of nature. It chronicles the history of the world from the time of... more...