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Guerber states in her preface that this 1895 study of the myths from Norway, Sweden, and other northern lands is aimed at students. Here are the stories from the religion of England’s heathen ancestors and the myths which took an important role in the history of British customs, art, and literature. Guerber focuses on the grim humor and dark tragic threads weaved throughout the narratives, starting with “The Beginning of All Things” and ending with a comparison of Greek and Northern mythology—covering all the giants, dwarves, and gods in between.
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About the Author
Hélène Adeline Guerber (1859-1929) was born in Michigan.With the exception of her education in Paris, she lived most of her adult life in New Jersey, where she died. Guerber devoted herself to educating her fellow citizens about European literary and cultural history through the publication of about three dozen books on a vast array of topics ranging from famous operas to Jewish history to Shakespeare's plays.