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Raffel, Burton

Works: 165 works in 706 publications in 2 languages and 57,400 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Tragedies (Drama)  Juvenile works  Comedy plays  Romances  Fiction  Poetry  Historical drama 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Performer, Contributor, Other, Author of introduction, Compiler, win
Classifications: PR2837.A2, 822.33
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Burton Raffel
Beowulf by Elaine Strong Skill( Book )

26 editions published between 1963 and 1999 in English and held by 1,320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a modern translation of the great epic poem
Yvain, the Knight of the Lion by Chrétien( Book )

12 editions published between 1916 and 2014 in English and held by 712 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
Hamlet by William Shakespeare( Book )

13 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 564 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( Book )

16 editions published between 1900 and 1998 in English and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perceval : the story of the grail by Chrétien( Book )

12 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 508 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
The tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare( Book )

9 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 452 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( Book )

10 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 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
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare( Book )

17 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 428 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
The tempest by William Shakespeare( Book )

10 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 418 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
The taming of the shrew by William Shakespeare( Book )

11 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An annotated version of William Shakespeare's classic play with introduction and essay by Harold Bloom
William Shakespeare's The merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare( Book )

10 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 397 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
Candide, or, Optimism : a new translation, backgrounds, criticism by Voltaire( Book )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 394 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."--Jacket
Das Nibelungenlied = Song of the Nibelungs( Book )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"No poem in German literature is as well known and studied in Germany and continental Europe as the 800-year-old Das Nibelungenlied. In the English-speaking world, however, the poem has remained underappreciated, largely because there has been no adequate verse translation. This 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 Middle High German. His translation underscores the all-important 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
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare( Book )

9 editions published between 1900 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first tragedy to be played in the new Globe Theatre, Julius Caesar is set at a crucial turning point in Roman history, as the Republican gives way to the imperial. Safely removed in time and place from Shakespeare's Elizabethan England, Rome makes the perfect laboratory for the playwright's free-ranging political analysis. -- Publisher
... The tragedy of King Lear by William Shakespeare( Book )

10 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 371 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
Henry the Fourth, part one by William Shakespeare( Book )

10 editions published in 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While England is threatened by the Earl of Northumberland, Young Prince Hal cavorts in London's taverns, accompanied by the dissolute, entertaining Falstaff and his band of rogues. Much of this play's tension involves Prince Hal and Falstaff, as the former tries to live up to his duties and responsibilities. In creating Falstaff Shakespeare gave us one of the theater's most enduring and memorable characters
Lancelot, the knight of the cart by Chrétien( Book )

12 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This poem was the first to introduce Lancelot as an important figure in the King Arthur legend. Lancelot tells of the adulterous relationship between the knight and his mistress, Guinevere, the wife of King Arthur. Thematically this poem differs from Chretien's other romances - Lancelot and Guinevere's love is a serious crime against their king, Lancelot casts aside his knightly ideals and reputation for the sake of his beloved, and Arthur is endowed with a weaker personality
Selected poems by Nicolas Boileau Despréaux( Book )

12 editions published between 1962 and 2007 in English and held by 319 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."--Jacket
Twelfth night; or, What you will by William Shakespeare( Book )

9 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 311 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
The first quarto of Othello by William Shakespeare( Book )

6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most powerful dramas ever written for the stage, "Othello "is a story of revenge, illusion, passion, mistrust, jealousy, and murder. If in Iago Shakespeare created the most compelling villain in Western literature, in Othello and Desdemona he gave us our most tragic and unforgettable lovers
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Alternative Names
Burton Raffel American academic

Burton Raffel Amerikaans taalkundige (-2015)

English (233)

Spanish (1)

HamletPoems and prose from the Old EnglishPerceval : the story of the grailThe tragedy of MacbethA midsummer night's dreamRomeo and JulietThe tempestThe taming of the shrew