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Michael Alexander

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Michael Alexander recently retired from the chair of English Literature at the University of St Andrews. For Penguin he has translated, The Earliest English Poems, The Canterbury Tales: The First Fragment, as well as a prose translation of Beowulf. His verse translations of The Earliest English Poems and Beowulf have sold over half a million copies in Penguin, for whom he has also edited Beowulf and The Canterbury Tales: The First Fragment.

Books by Michael Alexander


A spectacular verse translation of one the most foundational texts in world literature

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The First Poems in English

There is no comparable edition that includes both the original text and a verse translation

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