The Sagas of the Icelanders (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

by Smiley, Jane (Int)/ Kellogg, Robert (Int)


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A unique body of medieval literature, the Sagas rank with the world's greatest literary treasures--as epic as Homer, as
deep in tragedy as Sophocles, as engagingly human as Shakespeare. Set around the turn of the last millennium, these
stories depict with an astonishingly modern realism the lives and deeds of the Norse men and women who first settled
Iceland and of their descendants, who ventured further west--to Greenland and, ultimately, the coast of North America
itself.

The ten Sagas and seven shorter tales in this volume include the celebrated "Vinland Sagas," which recount Leif
Eiriksson's pioneering voyage to the New World and contain the oldest descriptions of the North American continent.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.
With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and
across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and
notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning
translators.

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