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  • Beowulfby Gummere

    The Floating Press 1910; US$ 4.99

    Beowulf is the earliest surviving poem in Old English. Although the authorship is anonymous it is believed to have been written before the 10th century AD. The only extant European manuscript of the Beowulf text is placed at around 1010. The epic tells the tale of the Scandinavian hero Beowulf as he struggles against three adversaries; the monster... more...

  • Fossil Legends of the First Americansby Adrienne Mayor

    Princeton University Press 2013; US$ 31.95

    The burnt-red badlands of Montana's Hell Creek are a vast graveyard of the Cretaceous dinosaurs that lived 68 million years ago. Those hills were, much later, also home to the Sioux, the Crows, and the Blackfeet, the first people to encounter the dinosaur fossils exposed by the elements. What did Native Americans make of these stone skeletons, and... more...

  • Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimmby Jacob Grimm; Wilhelm Grimm; Edgar Taylor

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 4.95

    The Brothers Grimm, Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859), were born in Hanau, near Frankfurt, in the German state of Hesse. Throughout their lives they remained close friends, and both studied law at Marburg University. Jacob was a pioneer in the study of German philology, and although Wilhelm's work was hampered by poor health the brothers... more...

  • Mules and Menby Zora Neale Hurston

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.99

    Mules and Men is a treasury of black America's folklore as collected by a famous storyteller and anthropologist who grew up hearing the songs and sermons, sayings and tall tales that have formed an oral history of the South since the time of slavery. Returning to her hometown of Eatonville, Florida, to gather material, Zora Neale Hurston recalls... more...

  • Sailing Homeby Norman Fischer

    Atria Books 2008; US$ 25.00

    Homer's Odyssey has a timeless allure. It is an ancient story that is significant for every generation: the struggle of a homesick, battle-weary man longing to return to love and family. Odysseus's strivings to overcome divine and earthly obstacles and to control his own impulsive nature hold valuable lessons for people facing their own metaphorical... more...

  • The Routledge Book of World Proverbsby Jon R. Stone

    Taylor and Francis 2006; US$ 36.95

    The Routledge Book of World Proverbs draws together proverbs that transcend culture, time and space to provide an enduring collection that is both useful and enjoyable. more...

  • Curious Myths of the Middle Agesby Sabine Baring-Gould

    The Floating Press 2011; US$ 3.99

    Step back into the romance and primal conflict of the medieval period with this collection of fairy tales and folklore from the era. Equal parts charmingly quaint and bracingly brutal, this carefully curated volume is sure to engage and enthrall readers who are curious about the myth and folklore of the Middle Ages. more...

  • Kilkenny Folk Talesby Anne Farrell

    The History Press 2014; US$ 14.57

    Closer to the earth and ancient beliefs than many, the people who inhabit County Kildare have stories to tell of hidden places, heroic deeds and strange encounters. Some are based in traceable historical fact, while others are mythical or from a long established bardic tradition. The pathways through County Kilkenny have born the weight of many feet,... more...

  • Animal Ghostsby Elliott O'Donnell

    The Floating Press 2012; US$ 3.99

    For thousands of years, humans have debated over whether the soul persists in some way after the physical body has ceased functioning. This fascinating volume extends the afterlife discussion to animals, bringing together many accounts of animal hauntings and different cultural beliefs about the souls and eternal lives of non-human creatures. more...

  • The Age of Fableby Thomas Bulfinch

    The Floating Press 2012; US$ 3.99

    Long regarded as one of the most significant collectors and interpreters of folklore and mythology, Thomas Bulfinch was an esteemed but not affluent scholar from Massachusetts who set about making the world's folk tales accessible to the lay reader. In this, Bulfinch's first published work, he explores ancient Greek and Roman folk tales and their interpretation... more...