National Book Award Finalist: 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 National Book Award finalist, Herbert 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.
“Mr. Mason’s version is the one I would recommend to the first-time reader.” —Victor Howes, The Christian Science Monitor
“Like the Tolkien cycle, this poem will be read with profit and joy for generations to come.” —William Alfred, Harvard University