Will be of interest not only to beekeepers and producers of honey, but also to a wide general audience who appreciate the symbolism, society and cultural meanings of this industrious creature.
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Will be of interest not only to beekeepers and producers of honey, but also to a wide general audience who appreciate the symbolism, society and cultural meanings of this industrious creature.
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Editorial Reviews

The Spectator - James Fleming
"Easily the best of several recent bee books. . . . Presents her information cogently and attractively . . . Bee is excellent."
American Bee Journal
"With so many fascinating facts, fables and arcana from art, science, literature and apiculture, Bee offers a compelling meditation on the fortune's of nature's workaholic."
Bee Culture - Cynthia Allen
"The kind of book I was looking for when I started beekeeping, a general overview of bees as they have appeared in history, art, and society. Preston presents the true, the absurd and everything in between about honey bees by tracing their reality, mythology, and folklore. . . . fascinating. . . . I recommend . . .  sitting down to enjoy Preston's new book Bee."
BBC History Magazine
"Engaging. . . . An excellent example of how cultural history can entertainingly cross borders."
Times Literary Supplement
"It is an outstanding book: marvellously researched and annotated, superbly illustrated and exceptionally well written. . . . Preston must have played the bee herself in her meticulous preparation for this book, and she has done this esteemed creature the great service it merits."
Bees for Development Journal
"Even the most widely read beekeeper will find something new here. . . . Most pages of this beautifully presented book have excellent and interesting illustrations. . . . It is a great book to read if you want to gain a wider perspective of bees’ role within our human society."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861894830
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Series: Animal
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 15 MB
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Meet the Author

Claire Preston is lecturer in English and a fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.

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Table of Contents

1 The reasons for bees 7
2 Biological bee 19
3 Kept bee 31
4 Political bee 53
5 Pious/corrupt bee 76
6 Utile bee 93
7 Aesthetic bee 100
8 Folkloric bee 113
9 Playful bee 129
10 Bee movie 137
11 Retired bee 162
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