Welcome to the blog for Lighthouse Books, ABAA. My name is Michael Slicker. We are a family-owned and operated antiquarian bookstore that has been open 40 years, located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Please have a look around the blog. Bookmark us or subscribe to an RSS feed so that you will be alerted when we make updates. Please follow the links to our spot on AbeBooks and our online bookstore for listings of some of what we have available. Thank you for visiting us online. You can visit us in person at 1735 First Avenue N in downtown St. Petersburg. We specialize in rare books, unusual books, antique maps, vintage photographs and more.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Bulfinch wrote mythology for the masses
Theseus – Temple of Volksgartens (Vienna) Illustration from Bulfinch. Inset: Thomas Bulfinch
It is the birthday of writer Thomas Bulfinch (1796), whose Bulfinch’s Mythology (1881) made ancient mythology popularly accessible to ordinary readers, not just the well educated. The volume, published 14 years after his death, was actually a compilation of the earlier volumes, The Age of Fable, or Stories of Gods and Heroes (1855), The Age of Chivalry, or Legends of King Arthur (1858), and Legends of Charlemagne, or Romance of the Middle Ages (1863). Writer Edward Everett Hale compiled the works. Bulfinch wrote that he created his storybooks so that people could understand the allusions of lecturers, essayists, and public speakers to classic mythology.
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