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Invitation to World Literature

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Recommended Translations & Editions



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Andrew George
The Epic of Gilgamesh: A New Translation (Penguin, 2003)

http://www.amazon.com/Epic-Gilgamesh-Penguin-Classics/dp/0140449191/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1282502214&sr=1-1

This is our recommended text. A readable and accurate poetic version by the world's leading expert on Gilgamesh; with an excellent introduction, and useful selections of the older Sumerian poems as well.

Benjamin Foster
The Epic of Gilgamesh (Norton Critical Edition, 2001)

http://www.amazon.com/Epic-Gilgamesh-Norton-Critical-Editions/dp/0393975169

Clear and accurate translation, with excellent introduction and notes, and with a generous selection of Sumerian and other Gilgamesh material, and several modern critical essays.

Stephen Mitchell
The Epic of Gilgamesh: A New English Version (Free Press, 2006)

http://www.amazon.com/Gilgamesh-English-Version-Stephen-Mitchell/dp/0743261690/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1282502146&sr=1-1

A very readable though loose translation, by a distinguished translator with no knowledge of the original but with a gift for poetic language.

John Gardner and John Maier
The Epic of Gilgamesh (Vintage, 1985)

http://www.amazon.com/Gilgamesh-John-Gardner/dp/0394740890/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1282502262&sr=1-1

A successful poetic collaboration between a contemporary writer and a specialist in the ancient material.