Epics and Folktales (Anonymous)

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List of Works
[Beowulf]   [Epic of Gilgamesh]   [The Mabinogion]   [The Nibelungenlied]   [The Saga of Burnt Njal]   [Sir Gawain and the Green Knight]   [The Song of Roland]   [Story of the Volsungs and Niblungs]   [Tales from the 1001 Nights]  


The Epic of Gilgamesh (between 2000-1400 BC?)
  • HTML (Indexed, 11 pg) at The Academy for Ancient Texts (Translated by Maureen Gallery Kovacs)
  • HTML (2 pg, 97KB and 146KB) at Gateways to Babylon (Translated by Robert Temple)

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  • Paperback edition, verse translation by Danny P. Jackson, illustrated by Thom Kapheim (Bolchazy Carducci, 1997, 115 pg).
  • Paperback edition, verse translation by Maureen Gallery Kovacs (Stanford Univ Pr, 1989, 122 pg).
  • Paperback edition, translated by Benjamin R. Foster (W.W. Norton & Co, 2001).
  • Paperback edition, prose translation by John Harris (Writers Club Press, 2001, 105 pg).
  • Paperback edition, verse translation by John Gardner and John Maier (Random House, 1985, 304 pg).
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Beowulf (c. 725) [HC]
  • HTML (45 pages, indexed) at Bartleby.com (Translated by Francis B. Gummere)
  • HTML (Old English w/ translation; Single page, 600KB) at the University of Toronto (Translated by Francis B. Gummere)
  • Old English Multi-format (HTML, EPUB, Kindle, Text) at Project Gutenberg
  • Multi-format (HTML, EPUB, Kindle, Text) at Project Gutenberg (Translated by Lesslie Hall)

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  • Paperback edition, verse translation by Seamus Heaney (W.W. Norton & Co, 2001, 215 pg).
  • Paperback edition, verse translation by R.M. Liuzza (Broadview Pr, 2000, 248 pg).
  • Paperback edition, verse translation by Ruth P.M. Lehmann (Univ of Texas Pr, 1988, 119 pg).
  • Paperback edition, verse translation by Charles W. Kennedy (Oxford Univ Pr, 1978, 121 pg).
  • Paperback edition, prose translation by David Wright (Penguin USA, 1957).
  • Paperback edition, prose translation by E. Talbot Donaldson (W.W. Norton & Co, 2001).
  • Thrift Paperback edition, translation by Robert Kay Gordon (Oxford Univ Pr, 1992, 57 pg).
  • Audio CD edition, unabridged, translated by Robert K. Gordon, read by Robertson Dean (Blackstone Audiobooks, 2004).
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The Destruction of Dá Derga's Hostel (c. 900?; mss. c. 1100) [HC]
  • HTML (42 pages, indexed) at Bartleby.com (Translated by Whitley Stokes)
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The Story of the Volsungs and Niblungs (12th Century) [HC]
  • HTML (56 pages, indexed) at Bartleby.com (Translated by Eiríkr Magnússon and William Morris)
  • Multi-format (HTML, EPUB, Kindle, Text) of The Story of the Volsungs at Project Gutenberg (Translated by Eirikr Magnússon and William Morris)

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  • Library Binding edition, translated by William Morris (Classic Books).
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The Mabinogion (c. 1050?)
  • Multi-format (HTML, EPUB, Kindle, Text) at Project Gutenberg (Translated by Lady Charlotte Schreiber)

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  • Paperback edition, translated by Jeffrey Gantz (Penguin, 1976, 311 pg).
  • Thrift Paperback edition, translated by Lady Charlotte E. Guest (Dover Pubns, 1997, 160 pg).
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The Nibelungenlied (c. 1200) [HTR]
  • HTML (Indexed, 42 pg) at The On-Line Medieval and Classical Library (Translated by Daniel B. Shumway)
  • Multi-format (HTML, EPUB, Kindle, Text) at Project Gutenberg (Translated by Daniel B. Shumway)
  • Multi-format (HTML, EPUB, Kindle, Text) at Project Gutenberg; Rhymed English Verse in the Metre of the Original (Translated by George Henry Needler)
  • German Text File (657 KB; 228 KB zipped) at Project Gutenberg (Translated by Karl Joseph Simrock)

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  • Paperback edition of German Epic Poetry : The Nibelungenlied, The Older Lay of Hildebrand, and Other Works, translated/edited by Francis G. Gentry, James K. Walter, Mark Werner, and E. Sander (Continuum, 1995, 338 pg).
  • Paperback edition, translated by A.T. Hatto (Penguin USA, 1965).
  • Thrift Paperback edition, translated by D.G. Mowatt (Dover Pubns, 2001, 240 pg).
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The Saga of Burnt Njal (13th Century) [HTR]
Also called Njal's Saga.
  • HTML (Indexed, 12 pg) at The On-Line Medieval and Classical Library (Translated by Sir George W. DaSent)

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  • Paperback edition, translated by Robert Cook(?) (Penguin USA, 2002, 384 pg).
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The Song of Roland (c. 1100) [HTR,HC]
  • HTML (12 pages, indexed) at Bartleby.com (Translated by John O’Hagan)
  • HTML (4 pages, indexed) at The On-Line Medieval and Classical Library (Translated by Charles Scott Moncrief; edited by Douglas B. Killings)
  • Multi-format (HTML, EPUB, Kindle, Text) at Project Gutenberg (Translated by C.K. Scott-Moncrieff)

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  • Paperback edition, translation by W.S. Merwin (Modern Library, 2001, 160 pg).
  • Thrift Paperback edition (Dover Pubns, 2002, 160 pg).
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Tales from the 1001 Nights (or, 1001 Arabian Nights) (c. 850?) [HC]
The earliest versions of the 1001 Nights date from the mid-9th century, but modern translations are based on a fourteenth-century manuscript.
  • HTML (Single page, 97KB) at Bartleby.com (Translations by E.W. Lane and S. Lane-Poole)

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  • Paperback edition, translated by Sir Richard Burton (Modern Library, 2001, 960 pg).
  • Paperback edition, illustrated by Rosamund Fowler (Oxford Univ. Pr Childrens Books, 2000, 288 pg).
  • Audio CD edition, unabridged, translation by Sir Richard Burton, read by Kevin Foley (Tantor Audio, 2011).
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Late 14th Century)
  • HTML (Multi-page) at Bibliomania
  • Multi-format (HTML, EPUB, Kindle, Text) at Project Gutenberg, also includes Middle English text (Translator unknown)

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  • Paperback edition, translated by Brian Stone (Viking Press, 1987).
  • Mass Market Paperback edition, verse translation by J.R.R. Tolkien (Ballantine Books, 1988, 165 pg).
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Arabian Nights, 1001
Archipelago, The Gulag
Areopagitica
Argument Against Abolishing Christianity, An
Aristotle for Everybody
Arithmetic, Introduction to
Arithmetical Triangle, Treatise on the
Arms, A Farewell to
Arms and the Man
Arnauld, Correspondence with
Around the World in Eighty Days
Ars Amatoria
Ars Poetica
Art, On Poesy or
Art?; What is
Art of Beauty, The
Art as Experience
Art of Love, The
Art of Poetry, The
Art and Scholasticism
Art of War, The
Arthur, Le Morte d'
Articles of Confederation
Articulations, On the
Artist, A Hunger
Artist as a Young Man, A Portrait of the
Arts, Especially Medicine; Exhortation to the Study of the
As You Like It
Ascent of Mt. Carmel, The
Ascent of Mt. Ventoux
Assisi, The Little Flowers of St. Francis of
Astronomy, Epitome of Copernican
Athenian Constitution, The (Aristotle)
Athens, Timon of
Atlantis, New
Atlas Shrugged
Attack Upon Christendom, The
Aulis, Iphigenia at
Autobiography (Darwin)
Autobiography (Franklin)
Autobiography (Gibbon)
Autobiography (Josephus)
Autobiography (Mill)
Autobiography, Scientific (Planck)
Babylonian Captivity of the Church, The
Bacchae, The
Badge of Courage, The Red
Ball, After the
Ballads (Stevenson)
Ballads (Thackeray)
Ballads, Lyrical
Barbara, Major
Barn Burning
Battle of the Books
Bead Game, The Glass
Beagle, The Voyage of the
Beast in the Jungle, The
Beautiful, On the Sublime and
Beauty, The Art of
Bede, Adam
Being Earnest, The Importance of
Being and Nothingness
Bell Tolls, For Whom the
Benedict, The Rule of St.
Beowulf
Beyond Good and Evil
Beyond the Pleasure Principle
Bhagavad-Gita
Bible, The Holy
Billy Budd
Biographia Literaria
Birds, The
Birmingham Jail, Letter from
Birth of Tragedy, The
Black, The Red and the
Black Monk, The
Black Sea, Letters from the
Bleak House
Blood, On the Circulation of the
Blood in Animals, On the Motion of the Heart and
Bodies, On Floating
Bodies, On the Revolutions of the Heavenly
Bondage of the Will, Concerning the
Book; How to Read a
Book of Common Prayer, The
Book of Five Rings, The
Book of Prognostics, The
Books, Battle of the
Bostonians, The
Bovary, Madame
Brave New World
Breathing; On Youth and Old Age, On Life and Death, On
Breeding, Treatise on Good Manners and Good
Brigade, The Charge of the Light
Brinker or the Silver Skates, Hans
Britannicus
Brothers, Joseph and his
Brothers Karamazov, The
Budd, Billy
Builder, The Master
Burnt Njal, The Saga of
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