Going Gaga for the Saga

Going Gaga for the Saga: Seamus Heaney Translation Makes ‘Beowulf’ a Bestseller – The Washington Post. (2000).

“The book was No. 3 on Amazon.com’s fiction list this week, and is “hovering below list” on both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists, according to publishers Farrar, Straus and Giroux. They’ve ordered a fifth printing, which means about 45,000 copies total, and spokesman Pete Miller proudly predicts a sixth.

True, this does not place “Beowulf” in the “Angela’s Ashes” (more than 2 million sold) category, but for a really, really old story, this kind of business is surprising…”

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