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Bulfinch's Mythology   By: (1796-1867)

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Bulfinch's Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch is a captivating and comprehensive collection of myths, legends, and fables from around the world. Although it was first published in the 19th century, its timeless tales continue to enchant readers of all ages.

One of the most impressive aspects of this book is its breadth. Bulfinch meticulously explores Greek, Roman, and Norse mythologies, providing a detailed account of the gods, goddesses, and heroes that populate these ancient stories. Additionally, he delves into the folklore of the Middle Ages, taking us on a journey through the Arthurian legends and the chivalrous tales of old.

What makes Bulfinch's Mythology truly unique is the author's ability to present these tales in a clear and accessible manner. The language is not overly complex or embellished, allowing readers to grasp the essence of each myth without feeling overwhelmed. Bulfinch strikes a balance between preserving the original essence of the stories and making them relatable to a modern audience.

Moreover, the book is beautifully organized. Each chapter is devoted to a different mythological tradition, providing a sense of structure and coherence to the collection. Bulfinch expertly weaves together references, enabling readers to appreciate the connections and contrasts between different cultures.

The author's passion for mythology shines through in every page. It is evident that Bulfinch deeply admired these ancient narratives and wanted to share them with the world. His enthusiasm is infectious, and readers cannot help but be drawn into the magical realms he paints with his words.

As a reference work, Bulfinch's Mythology is invaluable. It serves as a gateway to further explore the worlds of mythology, making it an ideal starting point for anyone eager to delve into these enchanting tales. The inclusion of extensive notes and explanations also enhances the reading experience, offering additional context and insight.

If there is one drawback to this book, it is perhaps its age. Being published nearly two centuries ago, some of the language and interpretations may feel outdated to contemporary readers. However, this minor drawback should not deter anyone from appreciating the wealth of knowledge and entertainment that Bulfinch's Mythology provides.

In conclusion, Bulfinch's Mythology is a classic work that lives up to its reputation. Thomas Bulfinch's passion for mythology, combined with his clear and concise storytelling, makes this collection a treasure trove of ancient tales. Whether you are a mythology enthusiast or a casual reader looking to explore new realms, this book deserves a place on your shelf.

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[Editor's Note: The etext contains all three sections.]


No new edition of Bulfinch's classic work can be considered complete without some notice of the American scholar to whose wide erudition and painstaking care it stands as a perpetual monument. "The Age of Fable" has come to be ranked with older books like "Pilgrim's Progress," "Gulliver's Travels," "The Arabian Nights," "Robinson Crusoe," and five or six other productions of world wide renown as a work with which every one must claim some acquaintance before his education can be called really complete. Many readers of the present edition will probably recall coming in contact with the work as children, and, it may be added, will no doubt discover from a fresh perusal the source of numerous bits of knowledge that have remained stored in their minds since those early years. Yet to the majority of this great circle of readers and students the name Bulfinch in itself has no significance.

Thomas Bulfinch was a native of Boston, Mass., where he was born in 1796. His boyhood was spent in that city, and he prepared for college in the Boston schools... Continue reading book >>

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