Summer Reading

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The campus-wide summer reading for the 2018-2019 academic year is Homer's The Odyssey, a new translation by Emily Wilson. 

About the book

We’re very pleased that Emily Wilson’s new book—the first English translation of The Odyssey by a woman—has given us a reason to return to a favorite text.  The main theme of The Odyssey is the homecoming or return theme: Odysseus and the other Greek heroes of the Trojan War are returning after various experiences to a home that is different in each case from the one they left. Each hero’s homecoming story is different, but the one this epic focuses on is that of Odysseus. His story, covering a period of about ten years, includes many incredible adventures, but finally ends with his return from the savagery of war to a life of domestic peace and order.

You may purchase this edition of the campus-wide summer reading, The Odyssey, through the Luther College Book Shop ( or other retailers. (ISBN-13: 978-0393089059)