The Age of Fable

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Thomas Bulfinch (1796-1867) was an American writer. He supported himself through his position at the Merchants’ Bank of Boston. Although Thomas Bulfinch reorganized Psalms to illustrate the history of the Hebrews, he is best known as the author of Bulfinch’s Mythology, an 1881 compilation of his previous works: The Age of Fable (1855), The Age of Chivalry (1858) and Legends of Charlemagne (1863). The Bulfinch myths are an indispensable guide to the cultural values of the American 19th century and is still the ...
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Thomas Bulfinch (1796-1867) was an American writer. He supported himself through his position at the Merchants’ Bank of Boston. Although Thomas Bulfinch reorganized Psalms to illustrate the history of the Hebrews, he is best known as the author of Bulfinch’s Mythology, an 1881 compilation of his previous works: The Age of Fable (1855), The Age of Chivalry (1858) and Legends of Charlemagne (1863). The Bulfinch myths are an indispensable guide to the cultural values of the American 19th century and is still the version being taught in many American public schools. Amongst his other works are Shakespeare Adapted for Reading Classes (1865) and Oregon and Eldorado (1866).
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  • ISBN-13: 9781407629179
  • Publisher: Hard Press Editions
  • Publication date: 1/29/2010
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Okay...but

    At the time this book was supposed to make mythology easier to digest and I think it failed. Another issue I have is with the order in which certain information was grouped. From a literary standpoint it was okay: Anyone currently doing a research paper on the influence of Greek Mythology on English literature might find this helpful. However it must be noted that according to some, Bulfinch's relaying of certain events might not be entirely accurate. Several authors I have come across have stated quite clearly that whilst writing fiction books with mythological storylines or themes, they refrained from using this book as a reference because some of it's "facts" were questionable or downright wrong. Just something one may want to consider before using this book for anything other than the literary research I stated before.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    recommend as a good reference

    A handy reference to have around. Footnotes are in body of the text in most places.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2007

    Not the high culture you might be looking for

    The stories in this book, first published in 1855, are wonderful. All of the famous Olympian heroes and gods are here in well-told stories, written in fine prose at a level simple enough for small children. The back cover says that the book contains, 'Evocative myths of Greece and Rome Action-packed tales of the Norse gods Original text, untouched and unabridged First full-color illustrated edition of a timeless classic.' All true. However, the back cover also says the book contains, 'Specially created illustrations and maps by a world-renowned artist.' Very misleading. Don't let the 'world-renowned artist' phrase fool you. Treat it like the throw-away phrase, 'critics rave' applied to movies in the daily newspaper. My first issue is with the artist's drawing ability. His is on the same level as those who draw the cheap superhero cartoons on Nickoleon on Saturday morning. Not really a problem in itself, it's just disappointing that such well-crafted stories should be coupled with such bad 'art.' The other, much bigger, problem is the way the people are posed and the way their features are presented. I do not object to nudity per se. I am very familiar with Greek, Roman, and Christian high art. But Giovanni Caselli's drawings are not the tastefully done nudes of antiquity. They are more like the drawings seen in men's magazines. They are not classically beautiful, not even romantically seductive. They are just cheaply sexual. There are dozens of these inappropriate drawings, spread liberally throughout the book. They will be very distracting to your child and -- if you have any culture at all -- distressing to you. Just because something is childish does not mean it is fit for children. Unless you are looking to introduce your children to poor art and soft porn, I would recommend you skip this book. The good Christian, Jewish, Heathen, Asatru, etc., parent who wants to raise a classically educated child should get the original stories without these illustrations.

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