1145Re: New Beowulf
- Feb 28, 2000At 10:52 PM -0500 2/28/00, David S. Bratman wrote:
>From: "David S. Bratman" <dbratman@...>There are some nice fragments from the School of Cynewulf, but
>On Mon, 28 Feb 2000, Lisa Deutsch Harrigan wrote:
>> Since this one has done so well in England, may be they will
>>translate some of
>> the other Old Stories? I'd like to see them too.
>The sad fact is that there's nothing else like Beowulf in Old English
>literature, and we almost didn't have Beowulf, either: it survives in a
>single manuscript of unknown provenance, which almost burned in a fire
>some 400-500 years ago, long before it was adequately transcribed.
>There probably were other great Old English epics that _didn't_ survive,
>of which we have only tiny surviving hints: Wayland the Smith, for
nothing like Beowulf.
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