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Beowulf by Julian Glover


by Julian Glover (Adaptor), Sheila Mackie (Illustrator)

Other authors: Michael Alexander (Translator), Magnus Magnusson (Introduction), Edwin Morgan (Translator)

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Adapted by actor Julian Glover as a one-man show he could put on between film roles, this is an abridgement of the Old English poem. Glover has pared away much of the peripheral material (genealogies, etc.) and presents the core of Beowulf's adventures: the battles with Grendel, Grendel's mother and the dragon.

This is a good, modern abridgement and as an introduction to the full poem is excellent. I saw a televised performance of the show a couple of years ago and it was very effective.

The text is illuminated with illustrations by Shelia Mackie, which enrich the text with depictions of Anglo-Saxon artefacts, animals and monsters. ( )
  Michael.Rimmer | Mar 30, 2013 |
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Glover, JulianAdaptorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mackie, SheilaIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Alexander, MichaelTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Magnusson, MagnusIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Morgan, EdwinTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed

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This is an adaptation by the actor, Julian Glover, of the Beowulf poem, based upon the translation by Michael Alexander. As an adaptation, it should not be combined with direct translations of the original text.
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The poem 'Beowulf' is one of the glories of European Literature. It was composed in Anglo-Saxon verse early in the eighth century and has come down to just one surviving manuscript. This is the text that Julian Glover has taken for this book.

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