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Drawing on James George Frazer's seminal works on folklore, magic, and religion, Weston seeks to make connections between the legend's early pagan ...
Drawing on James George Frazer's seminal works on folklore, magic, and religion, Weston seeks to make connections between the legend's early pagan elements and its later Christian influences, uniting the quest for fertility with the striving for mystical oneness with God. T.S. Elliot cited this work as a major influence for his famous epic poem, "The Waste Land."
JESSIE LAIDLAY WESTON (1850-1928) was an independent scholar and folklorist who specialized in mediaeval Arthurian texts.
Posted June 7, 2004
From Ritual to Romance is an indispensable work for those who read both the Golden Bough and T.S. Eliot. It clearly presents the mystery and evidence for the 'land and the king' being one. Consequently movie buffs will find it intriguing that it is one of the books that Colonel Kurtz has by his bedside in the film Apocalypse Now, right under the Golden Bough! (And he reads Eliot aloud too in the film)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 7, 2010
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