I student gave me this book, and when I couldn't decide which book to read next, Maggie helped me out by selecting this one.
My first suggestion if a new edition is ever written is that Garber introduce each chapter with a quick summary of each play she discusses. I am familiar with the plots of the plays I've read recently, but I read plays like The Tempest and Coriolanus (or did I read it? can't remember!) too long ago for me to remember some of the plot....more
I wish had Professor Tolkien around to pick his brain, but this book is an adequate substitute, and, I think, indispensable for anyone who teaches BeoI wish had Professor Tolkien around to pick his brain, but this book is an adequate substitute, and, I think, indispensable for anyone who teaches Beowulf. Tolkien's titular essay is largely responsible for changing the attitude toward Beowulf in literary circles. The epic was considered important for what it could teach us of the Anglo-Saxons, but it was Tolkien who convinced the literati that it had literary merit, too. Highly recommended to fans of Beowulf....more