By Thomas Bulfinch, Ph.D. Stephanie L. Budin Ph.D
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1805 Thomas enrolls in the Boston Latin School. 1807 Charles loses his fortune when a real estate investment fails. William Wordsworth’s “Ode: Intimations of Immortality” appears. 1810 Thomas graduates from Phillips Exeter Academy and enrolls in Harvard College, where he pursues a traditional humanities curriculum. 1811 Charles is imprisoned briefly for debt. 1812 War with Britain begins. 1814 Bulfinch graduates from Harvard and begins to teach at the Boston Latin School. ” 1815 Jane Austen’s Emma is published.
Even so, he felt no compunctions about altering them to suit the sensibilities of his public. ” At the age of fifty-seven, he had at last succeeded in establishing himself as a writer—or, more accurately, a rewriter, since in the various sequels, Bulfinch never departed from the formula that had proved its merit in The Age of Fable. His cheerful reliance on the epic poems of Homer, Ovid, and Virgil in that volume was followed by just as frank a dependence on the Mabinogian, a collection of Welsh tales, and Sir Thomas Malory in The Age of Chivalry, and on Ariosto and his English translators in Legends of Charlemagne.
322 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10001 Michael J. Fine, President and Publisher Printed in the United States of America QM 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 FIRST PRINTING Thomas Bulfinch Thomas Bulfinch was born in Newton, Massachusetts, on July 15, 1796, to Hannah Apthorp Bulfinch and noted architect Charles Bulfinch, both from wealthy and distinguished Boston families. Charles was financially destroyed by bad real estate investments, but Thomas received an excellent education; his years at Boston Latin School, Philips Exeter Academy, and Harvard gave him a foundation in the humanities and the classic Latin texts that he would later put to use in Bulfinch’s Mythology.