Bulfinch's Mythology [NOOK Book]

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This is an 1881 compilation of Thomas Bulfinch's previous writings: The Age of Fable, or Stories of Gods and Heroes (1855); The Age of Chivalry, or Legends of King Arthur (1858); and Legends of Charlemagne, or Romance of the Middle Ages (1863).

"Our work is not for the learned, nor for the theologian, nor for the philosopher, but for the reader of English literature, of either sex, who wishes to comprehend the allusions so frequently made by ...
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Overview

This is an 1881 compilation of Thomas Bulfinch's previous writings: The Age of Fable, or Stories of Gods and Heroes (1855); The Age of Chivalry, or Legends of King Arthur (1858); and Legends of Charlemagne, or Romance of the Middle Ages (1863).

"Our work is not for the learned, nor for the theologian, nor for the philosopher, but for the reader of English literature, of either sex, who wishes to comprehend the allusions so frequently made by public speakers, lecturers, essayists, and poets, and those which occur in polite conversation."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149108251
  • Publisher: Tower Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/6/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Thomas Bulfinch was an American writer, born in Newton, Massachusetts. He is best known as the author of Bulfinch's Mythology, an 1881 compilation of his previous writings. In his preface Bulfinch outlined his purpose, which was "… telling the stories of mythology in such a manner as to make them a source of amusement. We have endeavored to tell them correctly, according to the ancient authorities, so that when the reader finds them referred to he may not be at a loss to recognize the reference. Thus we hope to teach mythology not as a study, but as a relaxation from study; to give our work the charm of a story-book, yet by means of it to impart a knowledge of an important branch of education. The index at the end will adapt it to the purposes of a reference, and make it a Classical Dictionary for the parlor."
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  • Posted February 8, 2012

    A Must Read!

    Bulfinch does a great job of retelling the classic Greek/Roman myths of antiquity as well as the myths of Old Europe including, among others, Arthur, Charlemange, Orlando, and Thor. One part that stands out is the Mabinogeon which (and this is noted on page 561 of the Modern Library edition) has a Thousand and One Nights fell to it. One part that appeared to not fit into the book at all was Chapter 37 of The Age of Fable, which hastily describes a portion of Eastern Mythology. Although this section has no true faults with the information, one gets the sense that Bulfinch quickly threw the myths together and since he didn't have room for them anywhere else he put them in this chapter. Although it does not take away from the quality of the book it might have been better had Bulfinch chosen either to elaborate slightly on the myths or to not include them altogether. However, for an introduction to classical mythology for the reader who is having trouble understanding Byron or Milton or Shakespeare or a hundred other classical European and American writers this book is a godsend. Bulfinch tailored this book to just this kind of reader. At times it may seem a bit dry, but Bulfinch intended his work to be used as a reference mainly (which is why he included a great index in the back of The Age of Fable).
    For those readers who are interested in mythology as an end unto itself, I recommend this work as your main road map through this sometimes confusing trail. Robert Graves and Edith Hamilton's works are good also but in my opinion Bulfinch outdoes both of them. From here you will definitely want to look at the Madrus and Mathers 4 vol. edition of the Thousand Nights and One Night (that is the full title) if you liked the Eastern feel that you get in Chapter 37 in the Age of Fable and the Mabinogeon. If you are interested in the Greek and Roman myths mainly go straight to the horses mouth and read Ovid, Homer, and Virgil. For more European mythology, Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur is indespensable. I recommend Penguin's two volume edition but with some hesitation, as the annotation is a bit strange, making you flip back and forth between the front of the book and the back of the book. However, Penguin prints out almost every major mythological story, ranging from the Medieval French Romances to the Icelandic Sagas. As stated before, let Bulfinch lead you through this mass of myths, he knows what he's doing.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2004

    Perfected Mythology

    Bulfinch's Mythology, one of the tools used when creating my novel, Grecian Rune, is a cornerstone in the understanding of modern story-telling. Simple to understand, and decorated with acute illustrations, this mythology compilation is the one for all ages. Needless to say, it is as definitive as the works of Isaac Asimov and J.R.R. Tolkien. I strongly recomend this for anyone interested in Greek Mythology and other myths and legends.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

    hi

    its good

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Good content but terrible editing.

    The material is timeless and interesting. Although the book is very inexpensive, the editing is atrocious. There many misspellings, words, phrases and in some cases, entire sentences simply missing.
    I would suggest that if you are going to do it, take the time to do it correctly.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Love it

    Just aswome

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2011

    Really liked it

    I liked all the myths I can't get enough of them

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    WRONG

    Who ever said that this book wasn't good because no kid likes history is W-R-O-N-G WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    Lovin it

    Just because you think history is boring does not mean Greek Myths is. I became infatuated with it in 4th grade. Now its dampened by Harry Potter, but still...

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2012

    Great format

    Perfect for Nook Simple Touch, true to book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Jjr

    Never

    2 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    Super

    It was a very interesting!!!!!!!!! :))))))))

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

    Awesomeness!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    Kelly

    Kronos....

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

    Sammi

    Kk.

    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Matthew to Will

    My Father is Zeus of course.Who doesnt know that?

    1 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Gona try this one out

    I havent read this book yet but if you liked this you will love the percy jackson series

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Not good myths

    There are no myths about the gods as i had hoped all the myths are confusing and boring i dont recommend this book

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    This was not a good book

    This was not a good book because no kid likes history

    1 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2011

    Super boring

    This is really boring, dont reccomend it

    1 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

    So-so

    Kinda borring uhhhhh------

    1 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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