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 Representative Poetry Online (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)
  • HTML (Indexed, 65 pg) at The Medieval & Classical Literature Library (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, 41 pg) at The Medieval & Classical Literature 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, 11 pg) at The Medieval & Classical Literature 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 Medieval & Classical Literature 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)
  • 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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Lacedaemonians, On the Constitution of the
Laches
Ladies, On Facial Treatment for
Ladies, The Learned
Lady, Portrait of a
Lady at Court, On a Certain
Lady Chatterley's Lover
Lady of Shallot, The (1832)
Laelius on Friendship
Last of the Mohicans, The
Law, The (Hippocrates)
Law, The Common
Laws (Plato)
Laws, Spirit of
Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, The
Leagues Under the Sea, Twenty Thousand
Lear, King
Learned Ladies, The
Learning, Advancement of
Lectures on the Philosophy of History
Lectures on Psychoanalysis, Introductory
Lectures on Psychoanalysis, New Introductory
Legend of Saint Julian Hospitator, The
Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The
Legislation, Introduction to the Principles of Morals and
Lemmas
Les Miserables
Letter, The Purloined
Letter, The Scarlet
Letter of Advice to a Young Poet, A
Letter from Birmingham Jail
Letter Concerning Toleration
Letter to his Father
Letter to a Noble Lord, A
Letters (Chrysostom)
Letters (Cicero)
Letters (Horace)
Letters (Ignatius)
Letters (Pascal)
Letters, Persian
Letters, Provincial
Letters of Abelard and Heloise
Letters from the Black Sea
Letters on the English
Levet, On the Death of Dr. Robert
Leviathan
Libation Bearers, The
Liberty, On
Liberty, On Christian
Life, On Longevity and Shortness of
Life, The New
Life, Psychopathology of Everyday
Life of Antony
Life and Death, On Breathing; On Youth and Old Age, On
Life of Dr. John Donne, The
Life of Ivan Denisovich, One Day in the
Life of Mr. George Herbert, The
Life of Reason, The
Life of Samuel Johnson Ll.D.
Light, Treatise on
Light Brigade, The Charge of the
Lighthouse, To the
Limits; Human Knowledge, Its Scope and
Liquids and on the Weight of the Mass of the Air, Treatises on the Equilibrium of
Literaria, Biographia
Little Dorrit
Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi, The
Little Men
Little Women
Live By, What Men
Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans
Lives of the Poets, The
Livy, Discourses on the First Ten Books of
Loadstone and Magnetic Bodies, On the
Lock, Rape of the
Logic, A System of
Logic, the Theory of Inquiry
Lolita
Longevity and Shortness of Life, On
Looking-Glass, Through the
Lord, A Letter to a Noble
Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Rings, The
Lorna Doone
Lost, Paradise
Lotos-Eaters, The (1833)
Love, The Art of
Love, Cures for
Love, On (Stendhal)
Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The
Lover, Lady Chatterley's
Lovers, Sons and
Lover's Complaint, A
Love's Labour's Lost
Loving God, On
Lower Animals, The Moral Sense of Man and the
Lucrece, The Rape of
Lyrical Ballads
Lysis (Plato)
Lysistrata (Aristophanes)
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