The Golden Bough : A Study in Magic and Religion
by Sir James George Frazer, Robert Fraser
Editor: Oxford University Press
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A classic of the study of the beliefs and institutions of humanity, and progress through magic and religion in scientific thought, The Golden Bough, has a unique status in modern anthropology and literatureFirst published in 1890, The Golden Bough, was finally published in twelve volumes of the edition (1906-15) which was abridged in 1922 by the author and his wifeThis decrease has never been reconsidered for a modern publicIn some of the most controversial passages have been deleted, including Frazer’s audacity, speculations about the Crucifixion of ChristFor the first time in a volume of the Restored Edition Frazer is more daring theories and places them in the context of a valuable introduction and notesA founding work of modern anthropolgy, The Golden Bough also influenced many of the twentieth century writers, including D H Lawrence, T S Eliot, and Wyndham LewisHis discussion of magical types, the sacrificial killing of kings, the death of god, and the scapegoat is given new relevance in this new editionON SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the worldEach affordable volume reflects Oxford’s commitment to studies, providing the most accurate text, plus a host of other useful functions, including experts in introductions by major authorities, useful notes to clarify the text, updated bibliographies for further study, and many more
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