Gilgamesh is one of the great epics of Western literature and Ferry’s translation is superb. As The Washington Post Book World’s Michael Dirda put it, “There have been other English accounts of this hero with a thousand descendants, but this is the first one that is as much poetry as scholarship.”
The story of finding the epic fascinating, as told in The Buried Book. It begins with the its rediscovery and decipherment n 1872 by George Smith, a linguist who created a sensation when he discovered Gilgamesh among thousands of tablets in the British Museum's collection.
Gilgamesh: A New Rendering in English Verse Paperback, David Ferry (translator) – June 1, 1993Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Reprint edition, June 1, 1993.
The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh, David Damrosh, Henry Holt and Co.; 1st edition, March 6, 2007.