Dimock, George E. Jr., “The Name of Odysseus.
” In Essays on the Odyssey
. Ed. Charles H. Taylor, Jr. Bloomington, Indiana: University Press. 1963. A book of essays which give modern critical interpretations of the poem.
Eckert, Charles W., “Initiatory Motifs in the Story of Telemachus.
” In Twentieth Century Interpretations of the Odyssey
. Ed. Howard W. Clarke. Englewood Cliffs, N. J.: Prentice Hall, Inc., 1983. Also a book of essays with modern critical interpretations of the poem. Recently published.
Finley, John H. Jr.
, Homer’s Odyssey
. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. 1978. A book which describes and analyzes in detail the story and the characters of Homer’s Odyssey
Fitzgerald, Robert. trans.
The Odyssey of Homer
. By Homer. Garden City, New York: Anchor Books, Double Day & Company, Inc., 1963. A lively, lucid translation of the Odyssey. Highly recommended by William G. Thalman, Yale Associate Professor of Classics, leader of the seminar on
Greek and Roman Mythology
Griffin, Jasper. Homer on Life and Death. New York: Oxford University Press, 1980. A discussion of the Iliad and the Odyssey as products of the imagination of one person (Homer) who had a unique vision of the world, of the heroic concept, and of life and death.
. trans. H. S. Lake. London: Rudolf Steiner Press, 1979. Ancient and modern views of human development in the context of an anthroposophical view of man, written by a Dutch psychiatrist.
Stanford, William B.,
The Ulysses Theme
. Oxford, England: Basil Blackwell b Mott, Limited, 1954. A study tracing the development of the Ulysses theme through the ages. Starts with the pre-Homeric Uylsses figure and traces it through the Joyce’s Ulysses and Kazantzaki’s Odyssey.
Steward, Douglas J.
, The Disguised Guest
. Cranbury, New Jersey: Associated University Presses, 1976. A book, written by a professional classicist who describes himself as a non-Homerist, which concentrates on rank, role, and identity in the Odyssey.