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  • The White Snake and Her Sonby Wilt L. Idema

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2009; US$ 13.50

    A cornerstone of Chinese popular culture, the legend of the White Snake--the admirable demon who loves her victim--has been continually rewritten, reinterpreted, and readapted for over five hundred years. The Precious Scroll of Thunder Peak was one of the most popular nineteenth-century versions of the legend. In bringing together translations... more...

  • How Philosophers Saved Mythsby Luc Brisson; Catherine Tihanyi

    University of Chicago Press 2008; US$ 21.00

    This study explains how the myths of Greece and Rome were transmitted from antiquity to the Renaissance. Luc Brisson argues that philosophy was ironically responsible for saving myth from historical annihilation. Although philosophy was initially critical of myth because it could not be declared true or false and because it was inferior to argumentation,... more...

  • The Origins of Tolkien's Middle-earth For Dummiesby Greg Harvey

    Wiley 2011; US$ 19.99 US$ 17.50

    J.R.R. Tolkien's novels of Middle-earth –  The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings trilogy , and The Silmarillian  – have become some of the most famous, and most beloved, literary works of the twentieth century. And the Lord of the Rings films by director Peter Jackson have re-ignited interest in Tolkien and his works,... more...

  • Sam Patch, the Famous Jumperby Paul E. Johnson

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2004; US$ 11.20

    The true history of a legendary American folk hero In the 1820s, a fellow named Sam Patch grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, working there (when he wasn't drinking) as a mill hand for one of America's new textile companies. Sam made a name for himself one day by jumping seventy feet into the tumultuous waters below Pawtucket Falls. When in 1827... more...

  • The World of Mythby David Adams Leeming

    Oxford University Press 1991; US$ 12.99

    The World of Myth provides a sweeping anthology of myths, ranging from ancient Egypt and Greece to the Polynesian islands and modern science. We read stories of great floods from the ancient Babylonians, Hebrews, Chinese, and Mayans; tales of apocalypse from India, the Norse, Christianity, and modern science; myths of the mother goddess from Native... more...

  • Australian Legendary Talesby K. Langloh Parker

    ReadHowYouWant 2006; US$ 4.99

    A collection of the legends that prevail in the Australian native Noongahburrah tribe. It is claimed as the very first work that collected and brought forward the original tales of the Aborigines. Exhilarating! more...

  • The Ghostsby Robert Green Ingersoll

    ReadHowYouWant 2006; US$ 3.99

    In this work, Ingersoll has undertaken an intellectual analysis of the existence of ghosts, witches and witchcraft. Taking into account certain events from history, he has dwelled on how the elite of earlier times were obsessed with the concept of witchcraft. Grossly cruel incidents and their consequences have been narrated. Thought-provoking! more...

  • Science, Bread, and Circusesby Gregory Schrempp

    Utah State University Press 2014; US$ 22.00

    In Science, Bread, and Circuses , Gregory Schrempp brings a folkloristic viewpoint to the topic of popular science, calling attention to the persistence of folkloric form, idiom, and worldview within the increasingly important dimension of popular consciousness defined by the impact of science. Schrempp considers specific examples of texts in which... more...

  • The Irish Fairy Bookby Alfred Perceval Graves; George Denham

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 10.99

    Leprechauns, fairies, and other mythical figures inhabit this entertaining collection of Irish fairy lore. The rich and representative collection of 43 tales and poems includes "The Stolen Child," a beguiling poem by William Butler Yeats; "The King of the Black Desert," by poet, scholar, and statesman Douglas Hyde; Lady Jane Wilde's "The Horned Women"... more...

  • Bulfinch's Medieval Mythologyby Thomas Bulfinch

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 6.95

    Here, in a dazzling panoply, are the legendary figures from the age of chivalry: King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table, Robin Hood, Richard the Lionhearted and his crusaders, and a host of other famous and lesser-known characters. This collection includes tales from Camelot, dramatic narratives from The Mabinogeon, and stories of the noble... more...