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Originally published in 1957. Stefán Einarsson covers almost a thousand years of Icelandic literature in tracing the influence of the sagas and eddic poems. The book begins with background on Icelandic literature, outlining its literary roots in Scandinavia. Following this, Einarsson provides a thorough survey of Icelandic literature through the 1950s.

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  1. Cover
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  1. New Copyright
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  1. Half Title
  2. p. i
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
  2. p. v
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  1. Preface
  2. Stefán Einarsson
  3. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-13
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  1. Eddic Poetry
  2. pp. 14-43
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  1. Skaldic Poetry
  2. pp. 44-68
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  1. Sacred Poetry
  2. pp. 69-83
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  1. Secular Poetry of the Later Middle Ages
  2. pp. 84-95
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  1. Literature of the Clergy
  2. pp. 96-105
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  1. The Earliest Historiographers
  2. pp. 106-109
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  1. The Kings’ Sagas
  2. pp. 110-121
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  1. The Sagas
  2. pp. 122-135
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  1. The Family Sagas
  2. pp. 136-151
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  1. Sturlunga Saga
  2. pp. 152-156
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  1. Fornaldar Sögur
  2. pp. 157-161
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  1. Romances of Chivalry and Lygi Sögur
  2. pp. 162-169
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  1. The Reformation
  2. pp. 170-178
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  1. The Icelandic Renaissance
  2. pp. 179-184
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  1. Secular Poetry, 1550–1750
  2. pp. 185-205
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  1. Enlightenment (Neo-Classicism), 1750–1830
  2. pp. 206-219
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  1. National Romanticism, 1830–1874
  2. pp. 220-248
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  1. Realism to Neo-Romanticism, 1874–1918
  2. pp. 249-287
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  1. Tradition and Revolt Between the World Wars, 1918–1940
  2. pp. 288-327
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  1. After World War II, 1940–1956
  2. pp. 328-339
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  1. American-Icelandic Writers
  2. pp. 340-354
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 355-362
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  1. On Pronunciation
  2. p. 363
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  1. A Note on the Index
  2. p. 364
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 365-409
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  1. Series List
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