Fox (Animal)

We be aware of little or no concerning the fox and its habits—and our lack of information, Martin Wallen argues, is rooted within the fox’s undesirable popularity. Lowly, sly, and categorised as vermin, foxes raid henhouses and rubbish containers, unfold disorder, and injure household pets. whilst, foxes are frequently thought of appealing, mysterious, or even oddly human. This ebook is the 1st to totally discover the fox because the item of either derision and fascination, from the forests of North the United States to the deserts of Africa to the Arctic tundra.

Whether portrayed as an unrepentant thief, a shape-shifter, or an outlaw, the fox’s basic goal in literature, Wallen demonstrates, is to disrupt human order. In chinese language folklore, for instance, the fox turns into a crafty mistress, luring human males clear of their better halves. Wallen additionally discusses the various ways that fox-related phrases have entered the vernacular, from “foxy woman” to the method of “foxing,” or souring beer in the course of fermentation. considerate and illuminating, Fox indicates that this beautiful creature is as beguiling because it is controversial.

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Lion's Honey: The Myth of Samson

By David Grossman

Israel’s such a lot lauded modern author retells the parable of Samson, probably the most tempestuous, charismatic, and colourful characters within the Hebrew Bible. There are few different Bible tales with rather a lot drama and motion, narrative fireworks and uncooked emotion, as we discover within the story of Samson: the conflict with the lion; the 3 hundred burning foxes; the ladies he bedded and the single lady that he enjoyed; his betrayal by means of all of the girls in his lifestyles, from his mom to Delilah; and, in any case, his murderous suicide, whilst he introduced the home down on himself and 3 thousand Philistines. “Yet, past the wild impulsiveness, the chaos, the din, we will be able to make out a lifestyles tale that's, at backside, the tortured trip of a unmarried, lonely and turbulent soul who by no means discovered, anyplace, a real domestic on the planet, whose very physique was once a harsh position of exile. For me, this discovery, this acceptance, is the purpose at which the parable — for all its grand photos, its larger-than-life adventures — slips silently into the day by day lifestyles of every people, into our so much deepest moments, our buried secrets.” — from David Grossman’s advent to Lion’s Honey

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Norwegian Folktales (The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library)

Long a treasure in Norway, the folktales accumulated through Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe were acclaimed for his or her richness of humor, fullness of existence, and intensity of realizing on account that they first seemed in translation greater than 100 years in the past. The Norwegian folktales, acknowledged Jacob Grimm, “surpass approximately all others.”
 
Within those eye-catching stories we meet witches, trolls, and ogres; sly foxes and nice, mysterious bears; appealing princesses and country-lads-turned-heroes. gathered the following in a gleaming modern translation by way of Pat Shaw Iversen and Carl Norman, those stories brim with the matchless power and tool in their unique telling. incorporated are also the splendidly evocative unique illustrations of Erik Werenskiold and Theodor Kittelsen.

With black-and-white drawings throughout
Part of the Pantheon Fairy story and Folklore Library 

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Playing Hesiod: The 'Myth of the Races' in Classical Antiquity (Cambridge Classical Studies)

By Helen Van Noorden

This e-book bargains a brand new description of the importance of Hesiod's 'myth of the races' for historical Greek and Roman authors, displaying how the main unique responses to this tale pass a ways past nostalgia for a misplaced 'Golden' age or wish of its go back. via a chain of shut readings, it argues that key authors from Plato to Juvenal rewrite the tale to reconstruct 'Hesiod' extra extensively as predecessor in forming their very own highbrow and rhetorical tasks; disciplines reminiscent of philosophy, didactic poetry and satire all interact in implicit questions on 'Hesiodic' instructing. the 1st bankruptcy introduces key concerns; the second one re-evaluates the account in Hesiod's Works and Days. a big bankruptcy outlines Plato's use of Hesiod via shut learn of the Protagoras, Republic and Statesman. next chapters specialize in Aratus' Phaenomena and Ovid's Metamorphoses; the ultimate bankruptcy, at the Octavia attributed to Seneca and Juvenal's 6th Satire, broadens rules of Hesiod's reception in Rome.

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Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology

By Jennifer K. Stuller

In this accomplished heritage, inquiry, critique, and reference consultant, Stuller argues that Superwomen, from ask yourself lady to Charlie’s Angels, are greater than simply love pursuits or sidekicks who stand via their supermen. She exhibits how the feminine hero in smooth mythology has damaged during the conventional boy's membership barrier to display the pivotal position of high-heeled crimefighters in pop culture. bankruptcy themes contain love and compassion, spies and sexuality, daddy’s ladies, and the complex roles of superwomen who're additionally moms. The e-book additionally features a thesaurus of recent mythic girls, in addition to a foreword via acclaimed cultural commentator Roz Kaveney, writer of Superheroes! Capes and Crusaders in Comics and Films.

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1300 Real and Fanciful Animals from Seventeenth-Century Engravings (Dover Pictorial Archive)

A painter whose father used to be an engraver and writer of an analogous identify, Matthäus Merian (1621–1687) released this extraordinary team of surprising and hugely inventive animal illustrations. This copyright-free assortment incorporates a huge and interesting collection of engravings that illustrate medical specimens and mythical creatures ― all meticulously reproduced from an incredibly infrequent eighteenth-century edition.
Carefully prepared into six significant divisions (quadrupeds, snakes, mollusks and crustaceans, fish, birds, and insects), nearly 1,300 copyright-free pictures contain life like and fanciful portrayals of a various array of actual animals, as well as such imaginary creatures as unicorns, dragons, basilisks, harpies, griffins, and different legendary beasts. determining captions in Latin accompany a number of the illustrations.
Commercial artists, illustrators, and craftspeople will discover a host of makes use of for those lovingly certain engravings: as publication and journal illustrations and as attention-getting portraits perfect for reinforcing flyers, brochures, newsletters, and any variety of different print tasks. paintings enthusiasts and antiquarians ― a person with an curiosity within the artwork and concepts of an prior period ― will get pleasure from shopping via those fantastic vintage photographs.

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Dracopedia The Bestiary: An Artist's Guide to Creating Mythical Creatures

By William O'Connor

Unharness the Beasts!
For millennia historians, artists and scientists have chronicled their rules and discoveries of mythological and magical monsters in encyclopedias referred to as bestiaries. From Asia to the USA, Japan to the jungles of South Africa, the great menagerie of unique and mythical creatures has populated the imaginations of all cultures for centuries.

Beautifully illustrated and beautifully certain, Dracopedia: The Bestiary is a contemporary, yet no much less unsettling reimagining of the traditional model. it truly is an A-to-Z artist's advisor to animals of the mythical global. a few, just like the griffin and yeti, could be established to you. Others--like the enigmatic questing beast and ferocious manticore--may look new and weird. a few will also hang-out your desires. contained in the bestiary, you are going to find:<UL>• secrets and techniques of every animal's evolution--origins, habitat, anatomy, nutrition and more.
• amazing illustrations created utilizing pencil sketches and electronic coloring.
• Four-stage demonstrations taking you from inspiration and layout to under-painting and completing details.
</UL> by means of drawing at the kinds and contours of extra pedestrian animals, you'll methods to provide form to the weird creatures that roam the depths of your mind's eye, including to the bestiary of the ages.

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Writer's Journey

The udated and revised 3rd version offers new insights and observations from Vogler's ongoing paintings on mythology's impression on tales, videos, and guy himself. the former editons of this booklet have offered over 180,000 devices, making this e-book a 'classic' for screenwriters, writers, and novelists.

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Njal's Saga (Penguin Classics)

Written within the 13th century, Njal's Saga is a narrative that explores perennial human problems-from failed marriages to divided loyalties, from the law's lack of ability to decrease human passions to the poor results while good women and men are swept up in a tide of violence past their keep an eye on. it truly is populated via memorable and intricate characters like Gunnar of Hlidarendi, a strong warrior with an aversion to killing, and the not-so-villainous Mord Valgardsson. packed with goals, unusual prophecies, violent energy struggles, and fragile peace agreements, Njal's Saga tells the compelling tale of a fifty-year blood feud that, regardless of its distance from us in time and position, is pushed through passions primary to us all.

This Penguin Classics variation comprises an advent, chronology, index of characters, plot precis, explanatory notes, maps, and proposals for extra reading.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the top writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the easiest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts more desirable through introductions and notes by means of individual students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations through award-winning translators.

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Beginnings: Creation Myths of the World

By Penelope Farmer

In introducing this awesome anthology, Penelope Farmer defines delusion as "a curious phenomenon altogether, tricky as leather-based, frafgile as glass. rarely a narrative bears logical research, can't be shattered via a blow from a pointy brain; but the very subsequent minute is complete again." She is going directly to speak about the attention-grabbing changes in addition to the mind-blowing likenesses within the ways that humans have attempted to provide an explanation for their international and their studies from the very starting of time.
Penelope Farmer has accumulated over 80 tales and poems from eire, Russian, Iceland, India, principal and South the USA, Australia and Borneo--to identify yet many of the international locations which are represented. The construction myths are grouped lower than the headings Earth, Man, Flood, Fire, Death, Food Plants, and The finish and the Beginning. The temper of every topic is stuck in a robust woodcut representation via the celebrated artist, Antonio Frasconi, and in an illuminating brief preface.
Out of her lifelong curiosity in myths, Penelope Farmer, the talented English author recognized for her novels for teenagers, has accrued a desirable and weird assortment. this can be a publication to be valuable by way of readers from younger maturity on--to be dipped into repeatedly, at diverse instances and in several moods, to learn aloud or to take pleasure in on my own, all through a life-time.

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