First published in 1915 in a 12-volume edition and later abridged by the author, this work is a survey of myth, magic and religion throughout history. It has served as a source of inspiration for many, including T.S. Eliot and Sigmund Freud. It sets out the seminal themes of myth and magic that emerge throughout the history of the human imagination.;Themes such as the death of the fisher king and the sacred oak grove are traced through the rituals of ceremony and sacrific from Ancient Greece, through druid and shaman traditions, the worlds of Odin and Arthur, to the bedrock of image and symbol that underlies human consciousness.
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'In the condensed volume which lies before us we can grasp the masterly plan of the whole work; the mind is fascinated by the author's skill as a constructive thinker and a framer of concepts, and also as a compiler of picturesque detail.' - Spectator
'...equally remarkable for its vast assembly of facts and its unusual charm of presentation. Few men of such learning have written more attractively.' - George Sampson, Concise Cambridge History of English Literature
'A classic; theoretically outmoded, but still informative, stimulating and highly readable.' - Maurice Freedman and I. Schapera, Reader's Guide
SIR JAMES GEORGE FRAZER (1854-1941) was one of the arly pioneers in the sociological study of religion. He began his career as a classicist but it is for his work in social anthropology that he is best remembered. His most famous work, The Golden Bough first appeared in 1890 in a two-volume edition but was twice revised and expanded, the third edition appearing in twelve volumes in 1911-15. Frazer's other works include Psyche's Task, Totemism and Exogamy, The Belief in Immortality and The Worship of the Dead and Folklore in the Old Testament.
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Book Description MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1963. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX002095560X