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Harvard Studies in Comparative Literature 24

The Singer of Tales

Second Edition

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$29.00 • £21.95 • €26.10

ISBN 9780674002838

Publication: May 2000

Academic Trade

352 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Harvard Studies in Comparative Literature


This 40th anniversary edition of Albert B. 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.