The David Story
A Translation with Commentary of 1 and 2 Samuel
By (author) Robert Alter
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David Story by Robert Alter
Book DescriptionAcclaimed for its masterful new translation and insightful commentary, The David Story is a fresh, vivid rendition of one of the great works in Western literature. Robert Alter's brilliant translation gives us David, the beautiful, musical hero who slays Goliath and, through his struggles with Saul, advances to the kingship of Israel. But this David is also fully human: an ambitious, calculating man who navigates his life's course with a flawed moral vision. The consequences for him, his family, and his nation are tragic and bloody. Historical personage and full-blooded imagining, David is the creation of a literary artist comparable to the Shakespeare of the history plays.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393320770
(211mm x 140mm x 28mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 11-Oct-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Robert Alter
Strong as Death is Love, Paperback (February 2016)
An award-winning translation brings new immediacy to these beloved books of the Bible. Read them for the first time, again.
Ancient Israel, Paperback (May 2014)
Robert Alter's award-winning translation of the Hebrew Bible continues with the stirring narrative of Israel's ancient history.
Wisdom Books, Paperback (October 2011)
First time in paperback: "One of the most ambitious literary projects of this or any age."-Adam Kirsch, New Republic
Art of Biblical Poetry, Paperback (September 2011)» View all books by Robert Alter
Investigates the mode and effect of Hebrew poetry in the Bible. This title presents three major concepts in biblical poetry (parallelism; narrative vs delineation; and, intensification), delving into an illuminating textual analysis using many examples from the Bible.
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Author Biography - Robert Alter
Robert Alter's ongoing translation of the Hebrew Bible, the magnificent capstone to a lifetime of distinguished scholarly work, has won the PEN Center Literary Award for Translation. His immense achievements in scholarship ranging from the eighteenth-century European novel to contemporary Hebrew and American literature earned Alter the Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Los Angeles Times. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, Alter is the Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.
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