From Ritual To Romanceby Jessie L. Weston
The book centres on an examination of the roots of the
From Ritual to Romance was written in 1920 by Jessie L. Weston. The book was made famous by being mentioned by T. S. Eliot in the notes to his poem, The Waste Land. He says, "Not only the title, but the plan and a good deal of the incidental symbolism of the poem were suggested by Miss Jessie L. Weston's book".
The book centres on an examination of the roots of the King Arthur legends and seeks to make connections between the early pagan elements and the later Christian influences. In particular, the book looks at the Holy Grail tradition and its influence.
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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)