The Iliad - Homer, Stephen Mitchell

A work of both art and scholarship, Stephen Mitchell’s translation of The Iliad (Free Press, $35) updates Homer’s epic for the 21st century, even as it takes the work back to its roots. Written down many centuries after it was composed, the original oral version has been added to over the generations, but Mitchell has based this latest rendition on a text stripped of known later accretions. To tell this “dramatically sharper and leaner” story, Mitchell, a prolific translator of works as varied in style, language, and purpose as Gilgamesh, the Tao Te Ching, the Bible, and Rilke’s poetry, studied the flow of the Greek meter and worked to match its rhythms in English. The result is an energetic and graceful account of the long Trojan War and the passions of the warriors that drove it, with every word carefully chosen for sound as well as sense. Mitchell’s informative commentary and unobtrusive notes are invaluable to appreciating the richness of this elegant volume, the first new rendering of The Iliad in some fifteen years.

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By Homer, Stephen Mitchell (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781439163382
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Published: Washington Square Press - August 14th, 2012