J. G. Frazer (Magill's Literary Annual 1989)
It would be difficult to find a modern anthropologist, archaeologist, classicist, or religionist who has not encountered and been influenced by the enormous body of works written by Sir James George Frazer. His 1898 translation and commentary of Pausanias’ Perigsis ts Hellados (c. 150 c.e.; Description of Greece) which fills six thick quarto-sized volumes bound in characteristic forest green, and his magnum opus which ensured recognition of comparative anthropology as a scholarly discipline, The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion (1890), the third edition of which fills eleven quarto volumes not counting its full-volume general index, remain essentials in every university library and continue to be reprinted. Bookstores, even those catering primarily to popular taste, stock Theodor H. Gaster’s one-volume abridgment The New Golden Bough (1959) in inexpensive paperback format. Were Frazer to have written nothing else, these two works would have assured his reputation; nevertheless, he did write more, much more, everything from translations and commentaries of the second century c.e. mythographer Apollodorus and Fasti (before 8 c.e.; English translation, 1929) of the Roman poet Ovid to editions of the eighteenth century essayist Joseph Addison and the poet William Cowper. In short (if one can apply that word even indirectly...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 1989)
Choice. XXV, July, 1988, p. 1728.
Listener. CXIX, January 21, 1988, p. 22.
The New Republic. CXCVIII, April 18, 1988, p. 40.
The New York Times Book Review. XCIII, March 6, 1988, p. 16.
The Observer. January 17, 1988, p. 24.
The Times Literary Supplement. February 5, 1988, p. 131.
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