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(08/13/2008) The Elder Edda: A Selection by Paul B. Taylor & W. H. Auden. New York. 1970. Random House. Introduction By Peter H. Salus & Paul B. Taylor. keywords: Literature Poetry Iceland Mythology Translated Scandinavia. 175 pages. Jacket Design By Anita Karl. April 1970.

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   The POETIC or ELDER EDDA is a compilation made about A. D. 1200 of earlier Icelandic poems on cosmology, mythology, and the stories of Norse heroes. Together with the PROSE or YOUNGER EDDA, it is the chief source of our knowledge of Scandinavian mythology. This new translation--the result of a collaboration between a distinguished scholar and a major poet who has always felt a deep instinctive sympathy for the great masterpieces of Northern Europe-succeeds superbly in conveying the power, sharpness, and precision of the original. It is prefaced with a most helpful introduction by Professor Peter H. Salus and Paul B. Taylor.

WYSTAN HUGH AUDEN was born in York, England, in 1907. He has been a resident of the United States since 1939, and an American citizen since 1946. Educated at Gresham's School, Holt, and at Christ Church, Oxford, he became associated with a small group of young writers in London--among them Stephen Spender and Christopher Isherwood. He is the author of several volumes of poetry and essays. Mr. Auden has been the recipient of a number of awards, among them the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, the Guinness Poetry Award and, in 1967, the National Medal for Literature given by the National Book Committee.

PAUL B. TAYLOR is Professor of Old and Middle English at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to this he was in Iceland as a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Iceland.

PETEB H. SALUS is Chairman of the Division of Humanities at Scarborough College, University of Toronto. He has also been Chairman of the Linguistics Department at Queens College, City University of New York, and was Chairman of the Program in Linguistics at the University of Michigan.

 

 

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