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Beowulf by Anonymous, translated by Seamus Heaney Beowulf, a Scandinavian hero, saves the Danes from the monster Grendel and, later, from Grendel's mother. He then returns to his own country and dies ina vivid fight against a dragon. The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on in the exhausted aftermath.

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Beowulf: The Oldest English Epic

Beowulf - cover designed by David Laufer, 1978

The famous Anglo Saxon epic poem. The purpose of the story of Beowulf was to recollect and reinforce Viking values. Beowulf has the personification of the Anglo Saxon way of life, and was an example of the values Vikings should live by.

He is widely acknowledged as the inventor of the modern detective story and an innovator in the science fiction genre, but he made his living as America’s first great literary critic and theoretician. Poe’s reputation today rests primarily on his tales of terror as well as on his haunting lyric poetry.

A collection of poems written from Ted Hughes to Sylvia Plath after she died. A book of poetry that reads like a novel.

THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE follows the experiences of 19-year-old Henry Fleming, a recruit in the American Civil War. Fleming overcomes initial fears and shame for his cowardice through strength of will, determination, and effort. He eventually masters his shortcomings and becomes a hero on the battlefield.