Mythology Albert Bates Lord Singer of Tales

ISBN 13: 9780674808805

Singer of Tales

9780674808805: Singer of Tales

This 40th anniversary edition of Albert Lord's classic work includes a unique enhancement: a CD containing the original audio recordings of all the passages of heroic songs quoted in the book; a video publication of the kinescopic filming of the most valued of the singers; and selected photographs taken during Milman Parry's collecting trips in the Balkans.

Parry began recording and studying a live tradition of oral narrative poetry in order to find an answer to the age-old Homeric Question: How had the author of the Iliad and Odyssey composed these two monumental epic poems at the very start of Europe's literary tradition? Parry's, and with him Lord's, enduring contribution--set forth in Lord's The Singer of Tales--was to demonstrate the process by which oral poets compose.

Now reissued with a new Introduction and an invaluable audio and visual record, this widely influential book is newly enriched to better serve everyone interested in the art and craft of oral literature.

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About the Author:

Gregory Nagy is Jones Professor of Classical Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University, and the Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies, Trustees for Harvard University.


For the folklorist, Lord's Singer of Tales is the prime text of the second half of our century. Its power continues, and this fastidiously prepared new edition is a blessing.
--Henry Glassie, Indiana University

This seminal now reissued, forty years after its first appearance, with a new introduction by Stephen Mitchell and Gregory Nagy and an accompanying CD-ROM...[the CD] itself...splendidly justifies the reprint...Here at last we can hear the quirky drone of the gusle and the sing-song chant of the poets themselves, as they intone "The Song of Baghdad' or 'The Wedding of Smailagic Meho." The initial effect is disconcerting, but quickly becomes addictive.
--Alan Griffiths (Times Literary Supplement)

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Albert Bates Lord
Published by Harvard University Press (1960)
ISBN 10: 0674808800 ISBN 13: 9780674808805
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Book Description Harvard University Press, 1960. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0674808800

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