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Invitation to World Literature

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Recommended Translations & Editions




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Robert Fagles, The Odyssey, Penguin Classics, 1999.

http://www.amazon.com/Odyssey-Robert-Fagles/dp/0140268863/ref=dp_return_2?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books

This is our recommended text. It is a best-selling recent version by a distinguished classicist, eloquently giving the epic's long lines a modern flavor, with an informative introduction by Bernard Knox.

Robert Fitzgerald, The Odyssey, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.

http://www.amazon.com/Odyssey-Fitzgerald-Translation-Homer/dp/0374525749/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1264526595&sr=1-1

A classic 1950s translation in a spare, modernist manner.

Alexander Pope, The Odyssey of Homer, Book Jungle, 2007.

http://www.amazon.com/Odyssey-Homer-translated-Alexander-Pope/dp/1604240687/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1264526617&sr=1-2

A fascinating period piece, recasting Homer in the voice of a gentleman poet of the eighteenth century, complete with rhymed couplets and also extensive, quirky annotations by Pope himself. Not a version to read through, but well worth a look, to see how Homer came into English poetry; available on the Web.