The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem
about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about
marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home.
In this fresh, authoritative version--the first English translation of The
Odyssey by a woman--this stirring tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic comes
alive in an entirely new way. Written in iambic pentameter verse and a vivid,
contemporary idiom, this engrossing translation matches the number of lines in
the Greek original, thus striding at Homer's sprightly pace and singing with a
voice that echoes Homer's music.
Wilson's Odyssey captures the beauty