Gilgamesh: a verse narrative

Finalist, National Book Awards 1972 for Translation

cover of Gilgamesh by Herbert Mason
ISBN 9780395110782
Houghton Mifflin Co
Herbert Mason
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Herbert Mason’s best-selling Gilgamesh is the most widely read and enduring interpretation of this ancient Babylonian epic. One of the oldest and most universal stories known in literature, the epic of Gilgamesh presents the grand, timeless themes of love and death, loss and reparations within the stirring tale of a hero-king and his doomed friend. A finalist for the National Book Award, Mason’s retelling is at once a triumph of scholarship, a masterpiece of style, and a labor of love that grew out of the poet’s long affinity with the original.