The Story Of The Odyssey
Written by the Rev. Alfred J. Church
Published in 1892 by Seeley and Co Ltd
* Illustrations after Flaxman
Fourteen years ago, in introducing my 'Stories From Homer' to the public, I expresses the hope that they would 'represent Homer not unfaithfully to readers, old and young, who did not know him in the original'. The book has found, on both sides of the Atlantic, many such readers, and not a few, I am proud to think who knowing the original have judged this adaptation to be not altogether unworthy of it. If i could have anticipated so warm a welcome for my little work - the sale now exceeds twenty thousand copies - I should not have attempted to compress it into a single volume the substance of the two poems. The two volumes which I now publish under the titles of 'The Story of the Iliad' and 'The Story of the Odyssey' give a much fuller and i trust a more adequate presentment of them. In the first of these the narrative has been made continuous and completed by a beginning and an ending, both very brief and containing, it may be said, nothing that is not strictly Homeric; in the second Homer's own order has been restored, so that Ulysses now tells his adventures in the first person. 'A.C'