Free e-book: Therigatha, Psalms of the Sisters

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BKh
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Free e-book: Therigatha, Psalms of the Sisters

Postby BKh » Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:58 am

I have just put out a free e-book version(Kindle and epub) of Psalms of the Sisters, Mrs. C.A.F. Rhys Davids 1909 translation of the Therigatha along with the verse origin stories. This edition, like the original, also contains a translation of the Bhikkhunisamyutta, the fifth book of the Samyutta Nikaya.

The links to download can be found on this page along with links to the on-line version:
http://readingfaithfully.org/book-sourc ... ndle-epub/

As people familiar with Mrs. Rhys David's translation style know, the language is very outdated. One interestign benifit of reading the text on a Kindle is that almost all of the archaic words she uses are in the built-in dictionary. I was quite astounded to find that she wasn't just making them up. :-) Does anyone know exactly what style of English this is? Victorian? Elizabethean? I have no idea.

The source code for this e-book was created by Mary Mark Ockerbloom, editor of A Celebration of Women Writers. It would not have been possible to make this e-book without the work she did setting the text into HTML. I share with her all the merit I created by making this e-book version. May she be well and happy.

If you find any errors or problem with the e-book, please send me a PM.
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Re: Free e-book: Therigatha, Psalms of the Sisters

Postby Ben » Sat Feb 04, 2012 2:56 am

Thank you, Bhante.
What a great achievement!
with metta,

Ben
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Re: Free e-book: Therigatha, Psalms of the Sisters

Postby Reductor » Sat Feb 04, 2012 2:59 am

Awesome!

Thank you both for your efforts.

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Re: Free e-book: Therigatha, Psalms of the Sisters

Postby tiltbillings » Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:45 am

BKh wrote:As people familiar with Mrs. Rhys David's translation style know, the language is very outdated. One interestign benifit of reading the text on a Kindle is that almost all of the archaic words she uses are in the built-in dictionary. I was quite astounded to find that she wasn't just making them up. :-) Does anyone know exactly what style of English this is? Victorian? Elizabethean? I have no idea.
King James Bible style.


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Re: Free e-book: Therigatha, Psalms of the Sisters

Postby BKh » Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:05 pm

tiltbillings wrote:
BKh wrote:Does anyone know exactly what style of English this is? Victorian? Elizabethean? I have no idea.
King James Bible style.

OK, when I said I had no idea, what I meant was, "I have no idea of the technical literary style she is trying to use." Somehow I doubt that "King James Bible style" is a technical term. But perhaps it is.
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Re: Free e-book: Therigatha, Psalms of the Sisters

Postby BKh » Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:54 pm

BKh wrote:OK, when I said I had no idea, what I meant was, "I have no idea of the technical literary style she is trying to use." Somehow I doubt that "King James Bible style" is a technical term. But perhaps it is.


I just stumbeled on this wikipedia page:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabethan_English
and I think her writing style may be an attempt at Early Modern English. Again, if any one out there has more technical knowledge that would be interesting to hear.
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