Selected Letters Of Sir J. G. Frazer

Hardcover | August 15, 2005

EditorRobert Ackerman

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This is a fully annotated edition of selected letters by (and in some cases to) Sir J. G. Frazer (1854-1941), the eminent anthropologist, classicist, and historian of religion. Frazer was read by virtually everyone working in those fields in the first third of the twentieth century. His greatwork, The Golden Bough, offered a grand vision of humanity's mental and spiritual evolution - from vain attempts to compel the gods to do our bidding (which Frazer called magic) through equally vain attempts to propitiate the gods through prayer and sacrifice (his characterization of religion) torationality and science. His richly varied correspondence with prominent figures such as Edmund Gosse, A. E. Housman, and Bronislaw Malinowski, among others, offers an unparalleled insight into British intellectual life of the time, and also throws light upon the composition of The Golden Boughitself.

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This is a fully annotated edition of selected letters by (and in some cases to) Sir J. G. Frazer (1854-1941), the eminent anthropologist, classicist, and historian of religion. Frazer was read by virtually everyone working in those fields in the first third of the twentieth century. His greatwork, The Golden Bough, offered a grand visi...

Robert Ackerman was formerly Director of Liberal Arts at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.17 inPublished:August 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199266964

ISBN - 13:9780199266968

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General IntroductionI. Before The Golden Bough, 1878-90. LettersII. Anthropology and the Classics, 1890-1900. LettersIII. The Third Editior, 1900-15. LettersIV. After The Golden Bough, 1916-31. Letters

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`No one more competent than Ackerman, the lauded biographer of Frazer (1987), could have edited these letters with such skill and familiarity. The accurate transcriptions are uncensored. A highly informative, lucidly written, introduction illuminates their intellectual context. a selectivebiographical list of correspondents is welcome... In short required reading for any competent historian of religion.'William M. Calder III Religious Studies Review