First published in 1971, this work examines the tradition of the epic and the many forms in which it has presented itself over time. After unpicking the defining aspects of an epic, the book tracks the literary tradition from the classical period through to modern day.
Exploring major texts such as Beowulf, Odyssey, Divina Comedia, The Faerie Queene and Ulysses, this work will be a valuable resource for those studying the epic and English literature.
General Editor’s Preface; Prefatory Note; 1. Introduction 2. Classical Epic 3. New Form 4. Renaissance and Later Epic 5. Forms of Modern Epic; Select Bibliography; Index