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Raffel, Burton

Works: 176 works in 608 publications in 1 language and 46,563 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Romances  Juvenile works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry  Legends  History  Outlines, syllabi, etc  Comic books, strips, etc  Graphic novels 
Roles: Translator, Editor, Compiler, Performer, Author of introduction
Classifications: PR2827.A2, 822.33
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Most widely held works by Burton Raffel
Beowulf by Burton Raffel ( Book )
21 editions published between 1963 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,689 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This translation of the ninth-century epic poem, considered the first great work of English literature, was originally intended for non-native speakers of English with the intention of reducing difficulties present in the Old English style
Macbeth by William Shakespeare ( )
9 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents the complete text of Shakespeare's classic play about Macbeth, a man who kills the king in an attempt to seize the crown of Scotland for himself, and includes an essay by Harold Bloom, introduction, and information about the Shakespearean stage
A midsummer night's dream by William Shakespeare ( )
7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents the annotated text of Shakespeare's dramatic comedy in which two sets of lovers get lost in the woods and become caught up in a dispute between the fairy king and queen, along with a group of local actors preparing a play for Duke Theseus' wedding
Othello by William Shakespeare ( )
7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents William Shakespeare's dramatic tragedy in which Iago, jealous of Othello's successes in the army of Venice, plots against him, pretending to be his friend while planting seeds of doubt about the faithfulness of his wife, Desdemona; and includes text glosses, an introduction, details on the Shakespearean stage, an essay by critic Harold Bloom, and a further reading list
The tempest by William Shakespeare ( )
6 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Shakespeare's valedictory play is also one of his most poetical and magical. The story involves the spirit Ariel, the savage Caliban, and Prospero, the banished Duke of Milan, now a wizard living on a remote island who uses his magic to shipwreck a party of ex-compatriots
Candide, or, Optimism by Voltaire ( )
9 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 1,389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In this new translation of Voltaire's Candide, distinguished translator Burton Raffel captures the French novel's irreverent spirit and offers a vivid, contemporary version of the 250-year-old text. Raffel casts the novel in an English idiom that - had Voltaire been a twenty-first-century American - he might himself have employed. The translation is immediate and unencumbered, and for the first time makes Voltaire the satirist a wicked pleasure for English-speaking readers."--BOOK JACKET
King Lear by William Shakespeare ( )
6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
King Lear, one of Shakespeare's darkest and most savage plays, tells the story of the foolish and Job-like Lear, who divides his kingdom, as he does his affections, according to vanity and whim. Lear's failure as a father engulfs himself and his world in turmoil and tragedy. --Publisher
The merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare ( )
7 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this lively comedy of love and money in sixteenth-century Venice, Bassanio wants to impress the wealthy heiress Portia but lacks the necessary funds. He turns to his merchant friend, Antonio, who is forced to borrow from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender. When Antonio's business falters, repayment becomes impossible -- and by the terms of the loan agreement, Shylock is able to demand a pound of Antonio's flesh
The taming of the shrew by William Shakespeare ( )
8 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An annotated version of William Shakespeare's classic play with introduction and essay by Harold Bloom
Hamlet by William Shakespeare ( )
9 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"One of the most frequently read and performed of all stage works, Shakespeare's Hamlet is unsurpassed in its complexity and richness. Now the most extensively annotated version of Hamlet to date makes the play completely accessible to readers in the twenty-first century. It has been carefully assembled with students, teachers, and the general reader in mind." "Eminent linguist and translator Burton Raffel offers generous help with vocabulary and usage of Elizabethan English, pronunciation, prosody, and alternative readings of phrases and lines. His on-page annotations provide readers with all the tools they need to comprehend the play and begin to explore its many possible interpretations. This version of Hamlet is unparalleled for its thoroughness and adherence to sound historical linguistics." "In his introduction, Raffel offers important background on the origins and previous versions of the Hamlet story, along with an analysis of the characters Hamlet and Ophelia. And in a concluding essay, Harold Bloom meditates on the originality of Shakespeare's achievement. The book also includes a careful selection of items for further reading."--Jacket
Poems and prose from the Old English by Burton Raffel ( )
10 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this restructured and greatly expanded version of Burton Raffel's out-of-print classic, Poems from the Old English, Raffel and co-editor Alexandra H. Olsen place the oldest English writings in an entirely different perspective. Keeping the classroom teacher's needs foremost in mind, Raffel and Olsen organize the major old English poems (except Beowulf) and new prose selections so as to facilitate both reading and studying. A general introduction provides an up-to-date and detailed historical account of the Anglo-Saxon period, and concise introductions open the literature sections of the book and many of the translations.Raffel's masterly translations of Old English poetry, praised as fine poems in their own right, reproduce much of the flavor as well as the sense of the originals. With more than 1800 newly translated lines and many revised older translations, the poems in this volume are organized into four genres -- elegies, heroic poems, religious poems, and wisdom poetry. Raffel's new translations include more than twenty poem-riddles, with proposed solutions in a separate section. Prose translations -- grouped in historical, testamentary and legal, religious, social and instructional, and medical and magical categories -- feature writings by King Alfred, Aelfric, and Wulfstan, among others."This is a splendid work to introduce students to the culture of the Anglo-Saxons. Raffel's translations of Old English poems become poems in modern English. But we have known for a long time that he can work such wonders. What is new is his supple handling of the often very unsupple Old English prose". -- Robert Creed, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Twelfth night, or, What you will by William Shakespeare ( )
6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Twins Viola and Sebastian are shipwrecked. Believing her brother drowned, and determined to survive alone, Viola disguises herself as a boy. As 'Cesario' she enters the service of Orsino and is sent by him to woo Olivia. But Olivia isn't interested and 'Cesario' is swept into a merry-go-round world of unrequited love, mistaken identities, high comedy, low tricks and desperate passion. --Publisher
Das Nibelungenlied Song of the Nibelungs ( )
7 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
No poem in German literature is so well known and studied in Europe as the 800-year-old "Das Nibelungenlied". In the English-speaking world, however, the poem has remained little known, languishing without an adequate translation. This wonderful new translation by eminent translator Burton Raffel brings the epic poem to life in English for the first time, rendering it in verse that does full justice to the original High Middle German. His translation underscores the formal aspects of the poem and preserves its haunting beauty. Often called the German "lliad", "Das Nibelungenlied" is a heroic epic both national in character and sweeping in scope. The poem moves inexorably from romance through tragedy to holocaust. It portrays the existential struggles and downfall of an entire people, the Burgundians, in a military conflict with the Huns and their King. In his foreword to the book, Michael Dirda observes the story 'could be easily updated to describe the downfall of a Mafia crime family, something like "The Godfather", with swords'. The tremendous appeal of "Das Nibelungenlied" throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries is reflected in such works as Richard Wagner's opera tetralogy "Der Ring des Nibelung", Fritz Lang's two-part film "Die Nibelungen", and, more recently, J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings."
Perceval the story of the grail by Chrétien ( )
7 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is the story of the Grail. Perceval progresses from a naive boyhood in rural seclusion to a position of high respect as a knight at King Arthur's court
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare ( )
8 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents the text of Shakespeare's play of unrequited love and contains extensive annotations that provide context, pronunciation, and alternative readings and phrasings
Lancelot the knight of the cart by Chrétien ( )
7 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 1,188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The romantic poems of twelfth-century French poet Chretien de Troyes were of immense influence across Europe - widely imitated, translated, and adapted. Giving rise to a tradition of story-telling that continues to this day, the poems established the shape of the nascent Arthurian legend. In this outstanding new translation of Lancelot, Burton Raffel brings to English-language readers the fourth of Chretien's five surviving romantic Arthurian poems
Yvain, the Knight of the Lion by Chrétien ( Book )
8 editions published between 1916 and 1987 in English and held by 1,061 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A twelfth-century poem by the creator of the Arthurian romance describes the courageous exploits and triumphs of a brave lord who tries to win back his deserted wife's love
Selected poems by Nicolas Boileau Despréaux ( )
6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 982 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"French poet and critic Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux (1636-1711) was by turns venerated (in the eighteenth century) and reviled (in the nineteenth century) as the lawgiver of French classicism. Today critics see his achievement as more varied and complex than the label of classicism allows. This selection of Boileau's poems, translated with spirit and carefully annotated by Burton Raffel, brings the work of Boileau to English-speaking readers for the first time in a generation." "Much admired for his wit and ingenuity, Boileau perceived the role of the satirist as the scourge of bad writing and delighted in the notion of "l'ami du vrai," the brash truth-teller and enemy of humbug, inflation, and equivocation."--BOOK JACKET
Robert Lowell by Burton Raffel ( Book )
6 editions published in 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 969 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Richard III by William Shakespeare ( )
8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 938 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Treacherous, power-hungry, untempered by moral restraint, and embittered by physical deformity, Richard, the younger brother of King Edward IV, is ablaze with ambition to take England's throne. Richard III, Shakespeare's long chronicle of Richard's machin
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