Selected Letters of Sir J. G. Frazer by Sir J. G. Frazer

By Sir J. G. Frazer

It is a totally annotated version of chosen letters through (and every so often to) Sir J. G. Frazer (1854-1941), the eminent anthropologist, classicist, and historian of faith. Frazer used to be learn through almost each person operating in these fields within the first 3rd of the 20 th century. His nice paintings, The Golden Bough, provided a grand imaginative and prescient of humanity's psychological and religious evolution--from useless makes an attempt to compel the gods to do our bidding (which Frazer known as magic) via both useless makes an attempt to propitiate the gods via prayer and sacrifice (his characterization of faith) to rationality and technology. His richly different correspondence with in demand figures comparable to Edmund Gosse, A. E. Housman, and Bronislaw Malinowski, between others, deals an exceptional perception into British highbrow lifetime of the time, and likewise throws gentle upon the composition of The Golden Bough itself.

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Cf. also Strutt’s Sports and Pastimes Bk IV chap. IV where several diVerences appear, notable because his date ‘‘in my memory’’ carries you (say) 30 years before 1801. T. use, with regard to the Wgure; and I distinctly remember ‘‘Plum pudding’’ and the hop astride which seems unknown here. TCC (with TCC Add. 56: 87) Before The Golden Bough, 1875–90 33 To George A. 1 Heine is a poet who would gain rather than lose by being subjected to the process of selection, for mixed up with his best pieces there is a certain amount of second-rate work, the omission of which would enhance the eVect of the remainder.

E. (probably) you’re dead. As to the mode of playing it, I copy out the description sent me. ‘‘The way we played it was to stand outside no 1 shoving the peever to that number, then hopping on one foot, moving the peever along all round. That must be done without putting down the left foot or allowing the peever or foot to touch any of the marks or go out of the regular beds. If these rules were transgressed, the next girl began. If one made the blunder at any of the beds, when she began again she stood outside shoving her peever on to the bed she had stopped at, if it went on a line she lost her chance.

And there is at least one advantage in this failure, that I am not obliged to leave Trinity immediately. Before The Golden Bough, 1875–90 27 Thanking you heartily for your very kind testimonial and for all your other kindness, Believe me, dear Jackson, Yours very truly James G. Frazer TCC Add. 30: 35 1. Frazer’s parents’ home. 2. John Percival Postgate (1853–1926), Latinist; fellow of Trinity. e. Latin) at Aberdeen University. In the event, the post was Wlled by (Sir) James Donaldson (1831–1915), later principal and vice-chancellor, University of St Andrews.

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