Beowulf by Unknown

Image of Beowulf

Beowulf is an Old English heroic epic poem of unknown authorship, dating as recorded in the Nowell Codex manuscript from between the 8th and the early 11th century, set in Denmark and Sweden. Commonly cited as one of the most important works of Anglo-Saxon literature, Beowulf has been the subject of much scholarly study, theory, speculation, discourse, and, at 3182 lines, has been noted for its length. In the poem, Beowulf, a hero of the Geats, battles three antagonists: Grendel, who has been attacking the resident warriors of a mead hall called Heorot in Denmark; Grendel's mother; and an unnamed dragon. The last battle takes place later in life, after returning to Geatland (modern southern Sweden), where Beowulf has become king. In the final battle, Beowulf is fatally wounded. After his death his retainers bury him in a tumulus in Geatland.

- Wikipedia

The 236th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 50 Memorable Books from 50 Years of Books to Remember (The New York Public Library)
  2. - Costa Book Award - Best Novel (Costa Coffee)
  3. - Masterpieces of World Literature (Frank N. Magill)
  4. - The Book of Great Books: A Guide to 100 World Classics (Book)
  5. - From Zero to Well-Read in 100 Books (Jeff O'Neal at Bookriot.com)
  6. - The Graphic Canon (Book)
  7. - How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Reading List (Thomas C. Foster)
  8. - The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written (Easton Press)
  9. - The College Board: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers (http://www.uhlibrary.net/pdf/college_board_recommended_books.pdf)

Buy This Book

Paperback
Hardcover
Kindle Edition