Harvard Classics in Old English

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seaview | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Jun 16 2011 11:34 AM

I was surprised to see in the Harvard Classics that I had to dust off my Shakespearen English, which slows down the reading, understanding and enjoyment. If I had known that from the marketing spiel I may have elected to by pass them. Perhaps is was there, but if it was, it did not register.

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Todd Phillips | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jun 16 2011 12:40 PM

Who would have guessed that Shakespeare's plays (vol 46) were written in "Shakespearen" English? Wink

Seriously, though, the books cover a huge timespan and are written in the words used at the time. They are the words of the authors--except the translated works (from Greek, Latin, etc) of course, which may have been re-translated in more recent times, but those newer translations are not part of Harvard Classics, which was published in 1910.

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