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The Odyssey

Homer & Robert Fitzgerald (translator)

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ISBN 10: 0374525749 / ISBN 13: 9780374525743
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 1998
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Introduction by D. S. Carne-Ross. "Robert Fitzgerald's is the best-loved modern translation of 'The Odyssey' . Fitzgerald's supple verse is ideally suited to the story of Odysseus's long journey bak to his wife and home.Homer's tale of love, adventure, food and drink, sensual pleasure, and mortal danger reaches the English-language reader in all its glory." Ships same or next business day. Our stamp and "New" stamp on the free endpaper. ; 1.3 x 8.2 x 5.6 Inches; 515 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 48465

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Title: The Odyssey

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: Sixteenth Printing.

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The classic translation of The Odyssey, now in paperback.

Robert Fitzgerald's translation of Homer's Odyssey is the best and best-loved modern translation of the greatest of all epic poems. Since 1961, this Odyssey has sold more than two million copies, and it is the standard translation for three generations of students and poets. Farrar, Straus and Giroux is delighted to publish a new edition of this classic work. Fitzgerald's supple verse is ideally suited to the story of Odysseus' long journey back to his wife and home after the Trojan War. Homer's tale of love, adventure, food and drink, sensual pleasure, and mortal danger reaches the English-language reader in all its glory.

Of the many translations published since World War II, only Fitzgerald's has won admiration as a great poem in English. The noted classicist D. S. Carne-Ross explains the many aspects of its artistry in his Introduction, written especially for this new edition.

This edition also features a map, a Glossary of Names and Places, and Fitzgerald's Postscript. Line drawings precede each book of the poem.

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Robert Fagles's translation is a jaw-droppingly beautiful rendering of Homer's Odyssey, the most accessible and enthralling epic of classical Greece. Fagles captures the rapid and direct language of the original Greek, while telling the story of Odysseus in lyrics that ring with a clear, energetic voice. The story itself has never seemed more dynamic, the action more compelling, nor the descriptions so brilliant in detail. It is often said that every age demands its own translation of the classics. Fagles's work is a triumph because he has not merely provided a contemporary version of Homer's classic poem, but has located the right language for the timeless character of this great tale. Fagles brings the Odyssey so near, one wonders if the Hollywood adaption can be far behind. This is a terrific book.

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