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The Old English Elegies: A Critical Edition and Genre Study

Bringing together some of the most important poetic texts of the Anglo-Saxon period, The Old English Elegies is the first collected edition of the nine elegies in English and the first critical edition to include complete facsimilies of the manuscript originals in the Exeter Book. Klinck analyses the poems’ manuscript context in the Exeter Book, and presents the texts with detailed textual notes and an apparatus criticus of editorial variants. The nine elegies have all been edited separately between 1933 and 1983. Klinck builds on the extensive previous scholarship in the field and also draws on recently available materials to make new suggestions about problematic words and passages.

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