Beowulf (No Fear Shakespeare)
No Fear Literature puts the world's finest books at your fingertips! With the complete original text on the left-hand page, and an easy-to-follow translation on the right to guide you, you can fully grasp the meaning and brilliance of each classic.
Although Beowulf is a masterpiece of early English literature, written approximately between 975 and 1025, the unfamiliar dialect makes this epic poem difficult to understand. Thanks to this translation, placed right near the original text, readers can now appreciate the battle of good and evil that unfolds between the wise and heroic Beowulf and his enemies the monstrous Grendel and a fire-breathing dragon.
Each No Fear guide contains:
- The complete original text
- Aline-by-line translation that puts the text into everyday language
- A complete list of characters with descriptions_1
- Plenty of helpful commentary
The best literature endures. That's good on the one hand because it means the stories have captivating and lasting merit. On the other hand, it often means they are hard to read and understand. The language has changed over the centuries both in terms of what words mean and in how they're used. The No Fear Classics provide a readable side-by-side, line-by-line translation - original language on one side and its meaning in understandable modern English/American lightly sprinkled with editorial notes and comments on the other. This means it's no longer necessary to be constantly looking up things as you read. Each
Please note that a brief synopsis of many of the books included here are provided in our Library Builders section. Study guides for the same book are often available from several publishers, so we found it more efficient to give a description of the book only once.