Distributed for Liverpool University Press
“We have here a Judith edition for the twenty-first century, and fortunately it is a good one. This is a fine, full edition of a splendid Old English poem; and if Griffith had definitively solved every conceivable textual, critical, and literay historical problem, it would in a way be disappointing. As it is, we have a new edition of the poem to read and work with, and a new generation of students can read Judith with more enjoyment and much more scholarly confidence than they could before.” –Speculum, Oct 2000
“This is an excellent book, full of interesting and absorbing material. Particularly to be admired is Griffith's ability to be both erudite and literate in his presentation of often rather dense detail.” –The Medieval Review, April 1999
“This is a superb contribution to Old English scholarship, packed with useful and new information, attractively presented and priced. Judith, a lively narrative poem, has finally found an editor responsive to its charms, one apparently incapable of thoughtlessness, neglect, or unkindness. Much devotion has gone into the making of this edition, along with impeccable judgement.
“Griffith is probably unmatched in his sensitivity to and appreciation of the sounds, syntax, and style of Judith. And he makes at least as many original observations as there are lines in the poem.
“In this new edition, the poem - in all its comic inventiveness and flouting of convention - is more alive and appealing than at any time in the three-hundred years since it first appeared in public.” –Notes and Queries, March 1999