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From Ritual to Romance Paperback – 1 Feb 2000

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; Dover ed edition (1 Feb. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486296806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486296807
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.1 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Acknowledged by T. S. Eliot as crucial to understanding 'The Waste Land, ' Jessie Weston's book has continued to attract readers interested in ancient religion, myth, and especially Arthurian legend. Here she reinterprets the saga of the Grail by exploring the legend's Gnostic roots.

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This study of how the Grail legend originated and developed is very knowing. The author successfully and rightly connects ancient Nature Rituals to the Grail ceremonies to show how timeless and unremitting is Mankind's quest to become one with the powers of the universe. Where once ancient, agricultural communities held their leader/king to be a divine force upon whose health or sickness their whole survival depended, so too is this basic scenario enacted in the Grail legend; where the adventure of a hero (Gawain, Perceval etc) is to restore to vitality a wounded, sick or even dead king. The relvance of this achievement, on both the public (exoteric) level as well as the personal (esoteric) level is very skillfully examined - and puts it beyond doubt that all great modern literaure and art (not just the Grail stories) are, one way or another, actually all based on a variation of this principle. It will leave you with food for thought, especially if books by the likes of J.G Frazer and Joseph Campbell already intrigue you. Indeed, this is a book better approached only after having read Frazer's The Golden Bough. One small criticism is that the author is sometimes overly pre-occupied with addressing expectant critics and far too often deviates from her investigation to make pleas directly to her peers to consider her evidence/theory with an open mind. Doing this once would have sufficed, but at least half a dozen times Weston departs from the main text and repeats her direct appeal to whoever her scholarly circle is - a bit too concerned (obsessed?) with her status within the literary elite perhaps?Read more ›
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By A Customer on 8 Jun. 1997
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Entire forests have given their all so that acedemics can enlighten undergraduates with the ripe fruit of their intellect. Unfortunately, most of these tomes are read, plagiarized, and forgotten. "From Ritual to Romance" is an exception. Written more than 60 years ago this book was extremely influential. Superceded by current scholarship, its ideas are notable for the way they shaped some of great works of English literature; T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" is but one example. The origins of modern Arthurian fantasy can be traced back to these seminal works and thus to Weston. Her Fisher King is the definative one for the 20th century.
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i enjoyed the book very mutch - plus the book itself is a delight to hold
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this is a typical and interesting product of its time. read it if you are interested in the ideas of a hundred years ago
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5.0 out of 5 stars Going to the Source 16 Jun. 2000
By Samuel C. - Published on Amazon.com
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Because Eliot's "Waste Land" is taught in virtually every British and American lit survey course, the name "Jessie Weston" and the title "From Ritual to Romance" have become familiar to perhaps millions of readers throughout the world. However, if readers hope to get beyond the "trivial pursuit" question of the source to which Eliot was indebted and to a genuine understanding of the "Fisher King" myth, they will need to read that source for themselves. Though not a quick and accessible read, the book repays the reader's patience. Not only does it help bring Eliot's poem to life but it illuminates the poetic tradition from Chaucer to Eliot and makes more meaningful the numerous adaptations of the myth in modern culture--from David Lodge's "Small World" to Robin Williams' "The Fisher King." Not for a sophomore survey course, but definitely for any upperlevel course on Eliot or Arthurian legend.
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2.0 out of 5 stars which I keep reading with great pleasure and profit 31 Aug. 2015
By platoatwork - Published on Amazon.com
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English is NOT my mother tongue. But I have read a few boo books including the magnificent one-volume edition of The Golden Bough, which I keep reading with great pleasure and profit.

I was tempted to give one star Miss Weston's book, but no guts; I have settled on two. Here are my reasons:

1. The book needs a major editing. An able editor could free the book from its deadwood and unnecessary repetitions saving perhaps some 50 pages from this Dover edition. The able editor could also apply the rules of sentence and paragraph construction to ease the reader's access to and comprehension of the topic. Although there are some few lines that are clear tot he reader, this virtue cannot be found in any single page.

2. All non-English citations should be translated into English and included in the text or in footnotes. To a reader who does not know those languages the citations are useless..

3. An appendix ought to be provided to include the names of important personages in the book.

The Dover edition itself is flawless: Good paper, good print, and good binding., .
3.0 out of 5 stars Book is great but doesn't have translations! 15 May 2014
By Keren Moscovitch - Published on Amazon.com
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So many of the quotes and excerpts are in French, German, Latin, etc and aren't translated! I don't get it...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wow that was dry. I think she proves her ... 21 Dec. 2016
By al-Halabi - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow that was dry. I think she proves her thesis within the first third of the book and continues to prove it for another 100 pages,
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1.0 out of 5 stars The formatting is rubbish 2 Feb. 2010
By Paul Macdonnell - Published on Amazon.com
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The formatting is rubbish. Every line of the book is broken in half. For heaven's sake this should be blindingly obvious to any reviewer. Appalling that it is allowed for sale. I shall be seeking refund. I bought the other avaiable edition - which has proper formatting.
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