George Chapman, Homer's 'Odyssey'


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Gordon Kendal, a former Chaplain and Research Fellow in Philosophy at Lincoln College, Oxford, was until recently an Honorary Research Fellow in English at St Andrews.


'Kendal states that Chapman sought "to bring Homer's translucence within the reader's grasp" (29) and this edition (recently joined by an edition of Chapman's Iliad, ed. Robert Miola) does something similar for Chapman's work, endowing a multifaceted, challenging, and important early modern poem with a new level of accessibility.' -- Katherine Heavey, Renaissance Quarterly 71.1, 2018, 224-25'George Chapman's Homer's Odyssey, edited by Gordon Kendal, performs an inestimable service by giving students and scholars an easily readable text of Chapman's landmark 1616 translation of the Odyssey, with modernized spelling and punctuation and a helpful marginal glossary as well as a very fine introductory essay that places Chapman's achievement in its literary and cultural context.' -- Lowell Gallagher, Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 58.1, Winter 2018, 219-77'The MHRA edition vastly improves our ability to appreciate Chapman's Homer as English poetry. The new edition presents a far more accessible text of Chapman's Homer than any previous edition... The new MHRA editions undoubtedly surpass previous editions for classroom use. They make it practical, perhaps for the first time, to incorporate Chapman into courses on Jacobean poetry, on classical reception and the history of translation, on the materiality of the early modern book.' -- Sarah Van der Laan, Spenser Review 48.2.15, Spring-Summer 2018'We should certainly be grateful for Kendal's careful, learned, and illuminating scholarship, which guides us through the twists and turns of the translated text to a fuller understanding and enjoyment of Chapman's English Odyssey.' -- Marie-Alice Belle, Renaissance and Reformation 41.2, Spring 2018, 164-66'For the significantly improved access to Chapman's Homer and for the rich collection of pointers in the footnotes, both of these volumes are worthy additions to the MHRA series. Miola and Kendal also allow their affection for Chapman to energize their editions, which provides the reader with some extra motivation to tackle these challenging texts.' -- Sheldon Brammall, Translation and Literature 27, 2018, 223-31'This recent addition to the MHRA's 'Tudor & Stuart Translations' series is quite simply a joy to read ... one of the great achievements of this volume is that it accomplishes the difficult task of both guiding the novice (perhaps student) reader through Chapman's complex undertaking and offering researchers an excellent platform on which to conduct their own studies ...Catering so broadly to the needs of a diverse readership, the volume is much to be commended.'--Andrew Hiscock, Modern Language Review 113, 2018, 855-56

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