The Childhood of Fiction: A Study of Folk Tales and Primitive Thought (Classic Reprint)

The Childhood of Fiction: A Study of Folk Tales and Primitive Thought (Classic Reprint)

by J. A. Macculloch
     
 

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To many who love folk-tales for themselves, and because they, of all forms of literature, are to the eye of the mind

"Magic casements, opening on the foam
Of perilous seas, in faery lands forlorn,"

I shall seem to be no more than

"One who would peep and botanise
Upon

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Excerpt from The Childhood of Fiction: A Study of Folk Tales and Primitive Thought

To many who love folk-tales for themselves, and because they, of all forms of literature, are to the eye of the mind

"Magic casements, opening on the foam
Of perilous seas, in faery lands forlorn,"

I shall seem to be no more than

"One who would peep and botanise
Upon his mother's grave,"

because I have dared to show that some of the things which, in these old-world stories, form their fascination, have had their origin in sordid fact and reality. Yet all romantic literature is also a criticism of real life; nor does it take away from our enjoyment of Scott's novels or Tennyson's poems to know this. I, too, am a lover of folk-tales; I have read and enjoyed thousands of them; and now that my task is done, I am ready to begin reading and enjoying them again. Age cannot wither, nor custom - even primitive custom - stale their infinite variety. It does not seem to me that, while trying to explain the irrational incidents of folk-tales, and to show how they have arisen, I have destroyed their romantic freshness.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781330093825
Publisher:
FB &c Ltd
Publication date:
06/24/2015
Pages:
524
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.05(d)

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