Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Klaeber 4

Dear Colleagues,

Please find below an announcement for the new and very welcome edition of
Klaeber's Beowulf. This is the latest in the Toronto Old English Series
and will certainly be of great interest to all Anglo-Saxonists. For more
info, please also check:


All very best,

Stacy S. Klein
Executive Director, ISAS
Associate Professor of English
Rutgers University
510 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1167
732-932-7219 (office)
732-932-1150 (fax)

Klaeber's Beowulf, Fourth Edition

Edited by R.D. Fulk, Robert E. Bjork, and John D. Niles

Frederick Klaeber's Beowulf has long been the standard edition for study
by students and advanced scholars alike. Its wide-ranging
coverage of scholarship, its comprehensive philological aids, and its
exceptionally thorough notes and glossary have ensured its continued use
in spite of the fact that the book has remained largely unaltered since
1936. The fourth edition has been prepared with the aim of updating the
scholarship while preserving the aspects of Klaeber's work that have
made it useful to students of literature, linguists, historians,
folklorists, manuscript specialists, archaeologists, and theorists of

A revised Introduction and Commentary incorporates the
vast store of scholarship on Beowulf that has appeared since 1950. It
brings readers up to date on areas of scholarship that have been
controversial since the last edition, including the construction of the
unique manuscript and views on the poem's date and unity of
composition. The lightly revised text incorporates the best textual
criticism of the intervening years, and the expanded Commentary
furnishes detailed bibliographic guidance to discussion of textual
cruces, as well as to modern and contemporary critical concerns. Aids to
pronunciation have been added to the text, and advances in the study of
the poem's language are addressed throughout. Readers will find that the
book remains recognizably Klaeber's work, but with altered and added
features designed to render it as useful today as it has ever been.

R.D. Fulk is Class of 1964 Chancellor's Professor of English at
Indiana University.

Robert E. Bjork is a professor in the Department of English and
director of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at
Arizona State University.

John D. Niles is Frederic G. Cassidy Professor of Humanities in the
Department of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

(Toronto Old English Series)

688 pp / 6 x 9 / 10 illustrations /Available

Cloth ISBN 978-0-8020-9843-6 £65.00 $100.00

Paper ISBN 978-0-8020-9567-1 £25.00 $39.95

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