London: Macmillan, 1957. 1st Edition Thus. 2 vol., 12mos, publisher's stiff paper wraps printed in red and black.
"Along with the view of the world as pervaded by spiritual forces, savage man has a different, and probably still older, conception..." Abridged two-volume edition of anthropologist and folklorist J.G. Frazer’s seminal work of modern anthropology. First published in 1890, the now classic comparative study of mythology and religion initially scandalized the British public upon appearance due to the inclusion of daring speculations on the Christian story of the Resurrection of Jesus. Despite—or due to—the controversial content, Frazer’s masterwork inspired a swath of creative literature in the 20th century, including Robert Graves’s historical study on poetry, rituals, and myths The White Goddess and H.P. Lovecraft’s best-known short story "The Call of Cthulhu." Additionally, T. S. Eliot acknowledged indebtedness to Frazer in his first note to "The Waste Land," William Carlos Williams refers to the groundbreaking work in his epic poem Paterson, and it is also recognized for influencing Sigmund Freud's Totem and Taboo. Issued here as part of the publisher's St Martin's Library series. Light rubbing to joints, else fine. Item #2698