A Short History of Myth Reviews
'Although the book offers no new perspectives or
information on the history of myth, it does provide a functional survey
of mythology's history.' - PW.
Comment: A Short History of Myth is the launch title in UK
publisher Cannongate's new myth series featuring retellings of classic
myths by modern writers - see The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood and Weight
by Jeanette Winterson, also in this issue. It is not surprising that
the reviewer from PW finds that this book offers 'no new perspectives
or information' as its purpose is not to break new ground but rather to
offer an overview of mythology as a whole in order to put the rest of
the series into context.
The series, conceived by Cannongate publisher Jamie Byng, is
being launched by 30 publishers worldwide this Fall. Byng (who
incidentally is the brother of Georgia Byng, author of the Molly Moon
books for children) estimates the series will be completed in 2038!
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