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Mythology
Edith Hamilton
0446607258
August 1999
Mass Market Paperback
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Card catalog description
A collection of Greek and Roman myths from various classical sources arranged in section on the gods and early heroes, love and adventure stories, heroes before and during the Trojan War, and lesser myths. Includes a brief section on Norse mythology. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Mythology
Edith Hamilton
0316341517
September 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
Edith Hamilton loved the ancient Western myths with a passion--and this classic compendium is her tribute. "The tales of Greek mythology do not throw any clear light upon what early mankind was like," Hamilton explains in her introduction. "They do throw an abundance of light upon what early Greeks were like--a matter, it would seem, of more importance to us, who are their descendents intellectually, artistically, and politically. Nothing we learn about them is alien to ourselves." Fans of Greek mythology will find all the great stories and characters here--Perseus, Hercules, and Odysseus--each discussed in generous detail by the voice of an impressively knowledgeable and engaging (with occasional lapses) narrator. This is also an excellent primer for middle- and high-school students who are studying ancient Greek and Roman...


Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
Gregory Maguire
0060987529
Oct 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Gregory Maguire's chilling, wonderful retelling of Cinderella is a study in contrasts. Love and hate, beauty and ugliness, cruelty and charity--each idea is stripped of its ethical trappings, smashed up against its opposite number, and laid bare for our examination. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister begins in 17th-century Holland, where the two Fisher sisters and their mother have fled to escape a hostile England. Maguire's characters are at once more human and more fanciful than their fairy-tale originals. Plain but smart Iris and her sister, Ruth, a hulking simpleton, are dazed and terrified as their mother, Margarethe, urges them into the strange Dutch streets. Within days, purposeful Margarethe has secured the family a place in the home of an aspiring painter, where for a short time, they find happiness.

But...



Aesop's Fables (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

159308062X
November 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
In all likelihood, Aesop was just as invented as his fantastic fables. Allegorical tales of birds and beasts, the fables are humorous, inspirational, and often astonishingly pragmatic. They expose the superstitions and customs of the Greeks, as well as their love of life and common sense. Perhaps the original treatise of self-help, Aesop’s Fables is full of advice for life,
whether it be affirming, silly, or profoundly insightful.

D. L. Ashliman is emeritus professor at the University of Pittsburgh. He taught folklore, mythology, German, and comparative literature at that institution for thirty-one years.
He has also served as guest professor at the University of Augsburg in Germany.


Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales
Brothers Grimm
0760703353
November 1996
Hardcover
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Till We Have Faces
C. S. Lewis
0156904365
July 1980
Paperback
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Book Description
This tale of two princesses - one beautiful and one unattractive - and of the struggle between sacred and profane love is Lewis’s reworking of the myth of Cupid and Psyche and one of his most enduring works.


Weird N.J.: Your Travel Guide to New Jersey's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets
Mark Moran
076073979X
September 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
There's much more to New Jersey than highways and diners, and Sceurman and Moran do their part to exalt the state's lesser-known virtues in this "journal of strange travels," which goes far beyond the legend of the Jersey Devil. The book, which sheds light on "slightly offbeat or left of center" oddities of the Garden State, is a kooky compilation of roads less traveled, unexplained phenomenon and unsolved mysteries. The authors divide their work by subject, so there are chapters on strange roads (including Franklin Lakes's "gravity road," where cars in neutral travel uphill "as if forced by unseen hands"), local heroes and villains (such as Wyckoff's Midnight Walker, who's been scaring Bergen County teenagers for years) and eccentric abodes (like Richie and Leila Zorzi's Kendall Park home, which boasts a bowling...


Mirror Mirror
Gregory Maguire
0060988657
Oct 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Maguire has a lock on clever, elaborate retellings of fairy tales, turning them inside out and couching them in tongue-in-cheek baroque prose. After his revisionist takes on Oz's Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked) and Cinderella's ugly stepsisters (Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister), he now tackles Snow White. The notorious Borgia habit of poisoning rivals inspired him to transplant the classic tale to 16th-century Tuscany, where Vicente de Nevada is an expatriate Spanish widower who lives with his daughter, the fair Bianca. Beholden to sinister Cesare Borgia and Cesare's sister (and perhaps lover) Lucrezia, Vicente is sent on what appears to be a fool's errand, to discover and steal from a Middle East monastery a branch of the Tree of Knowledge complete with three apples. When Bianca is 11, Cesare's attraction to...


Aesop's Fables (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

1593083300
January 2005
Hardcover
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The Big Over Easy
Jasper Fforde
0670034231
Aug 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Fforde's whimsical fifth novel, his first not to feature literary detective Thursday Next, is consistently witty, but its conceit—putting a criminal spin on nursery rhymes—wears a bit thin. Det. Jack Spratt, the dedicated but underappreciated investigator in the Reading, England, Nursery Crimes Division, is depressed because the court finds the three little pigs "not guilty of all charges relating to the first-degree murder of Mr. Wolff." Working with an ambitious young detective, Mary Mary ("Quite Contrary"), Spratt later takes on the case of "fall guy" Humpty Dumpty. Fforde crafts a police procedural out of this bizarre alternative universe that prizes, as The Eyre Affair does, literacy (detectives, for example, garner recognition less for solving crimes than by writing articles about cases for the...


Heavy Words Lightly Thrown
Chris Roberts
1592401309
Sept 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. A librarian by night and a London tour guide by day, Roberts deploys an informal style of scholarship to dazzling effect, transforming a catalogue of familiar nursery rhymes into a treasure trove of tantalizingly slippery archaisms, hidden etymological layers, arcane associations and buried meanings. Having explained how the Victorians sanitized nursery rhymes' traditionally earthy content, Roberts attends to each ditty separately, printing obscure variants and tracing historical references, from British constitutional history to bygone pagan customs. Unlocking the secret meanings of the past, Roberts also finds plenty of refreshingly straightforward modern-day analogies for the nursery rhymes—the chanted taunts of the average British soccer fan illustrate certain rhymes' original tone...


Weird Florida
Charlie Carlson
0760759456
April 2005
Hardcover
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Weird U.S.: Your Travel Guide to America's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets
Mark Sceurman
0760750432
September 2004
Hardcover
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The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm All-New Third Edition
Johnny Gruelle
0553382160
Jan 2003
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Is this new edition necessary? Only scholars are likely to persevere through all 32 of the "previously untranslated" tales found among the 242 entries. A few, rejected by the Grimms as too French or too literary, have merit; most of the others are slight variants of tales already in the canon or are fragments. There is no analysis or commentary of any individual tales, and though Zipes offers a fine introduction, he himself acknowledges the excellence of Ralph Manheim's translation of the canon (misspelling his name). Since Manheim's work is still in print and available at low cost in paper (Doubleday, 1977), only wealthy scholars, who will appreciate the identification of each tale's human or published source and date of first publication, might insist on Zipes. Patricia Dooley, formerly with English Dept., Drexel...


Bloodline of the Holy Grail: The Hidden Lineage of Jesus Revealed
Laurence Gardner
0760707359
September 1997
Hardcover
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A Short History of Myth
Karen Armstrong
184195716X
Nov 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
This is an pedestrian study from the noted and popular religion scholar, in which Armstrong takes a historical approach to myth, tracing its evolution through a series of periods, from the Paleolithic to the postmyth Great Western Transformation. Each period developed myths reflecting its major concerns: images of hunting and the huntress dominated the myths of the Paleolithic, while the myths of Persephone and Demeter, Isis and Osiris developed in the agricultural Neolithic period. By the Axial Age (200 B.C. through A.D. 1500), myths became internalized, so that they no longer needed to be acted out. Reason, says Armstrong, largely supplanted myth in the Post-Axial Period, which she sees as a source of cultural and spiritual impoverishment; she even appears, simplistically, to attribute genocide to the loss of...


Faeries
Brian Froud
0810932741
Oct 2002
(Hardcover) - Anniv. Ed.
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From Publishers Weekly
Twenty-five years ago, self-proclaimed "faery authorities" Froud and Lee published the first edition of their imaginative faery field guide. Since then, the two have gone on to publish numerous faery books and contribute their ideas to such fantasy films as The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Legend and the new Lord of the Rings. This expanded version, like its predecessor, features pencil drawings and watercolors of mythical creatures, as well as brief descriptions of their origins and powers; it draws on a long history of phantasmagoric iconography in the generally occidental vein. It boasts new art and introductions by the artists, as well; in its silver anniversary, the bewitching quality of its content remains. Besides faeries, the authors also include renderings of many other denizens of faery land-goblins,...


Weird Wisconsin: Your Travel Guide to Wisconsin's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets
Linda S. Godfrey
0760759448
April 2005
Hardcover
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