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Bulfinch (July 15, 1796 - May 27, 1867) explains the his work is "an attempt tell the stories of mythology in such a manner as to make them a source of amusement. We have endeavored to tell them correctly, according to the ancient authorities, so that when the reader finds them referred to he may not be at a loss to recognize the reference. Thus we hope to teach mythology not as a study, but as a relaxation from study; to give our work the charm of a story-book, yet by means of it to impart a knowledge of an important branch of education."
The Bulfinch version of myth presents the myths in their literary versions, without unnecessary violence, sex, psychology or ethnographic information. The Bulfinch myths are an indispensable guide to the cultural values of the American 19th century (Summary from Wikipedia)
This is the third of Bulfinch's series of three mythologies. LibriVox recordings of the first two books are:
The Age of Fable
The Age of Chivalry
About the Author - Thomas Bulfinch
Thomas Bulfinch (1796–1867) was an American author born in Newton, Massachusetts. A member of a distinguished Bostonian family, he graduated from Harvard College in 1814, and from 1837 until his death, Bulfinch supported himself by working as a bank clerk at the Merchant's Bank of Boston. He is best known for his collections of mythology, first published in three separate volumes as The Age of Fable, The Age of Chivalry, and Legends of Charlemagne, and later combined into a single volume titled Bulfinch's Mythology. His other works include Hebrew Lyrical History, The Boy Inventor, Shakespeare Adapted for Reading Classes, and Oregon and Eldorado.