"New" 1998 abridgment edited by Robert Fraser (not Frazer). Please do not combine with either volume of Frazer's own 1922 abridgment of his 13-volume work, the full set, any of its separate volumes, nor Theodore Gaster's New Golden Bough abridgment (1959)
First published in 1890, The Golden Bough is a seminal work of modern anthropology. A classic study of the beliefs and institutions of mankind that traces the development and confluence of thought from magic and ritual to modern scientific theory, it has been a source of great influence upon such diverse writers as T.S. Eliot, Wyndham Lewis, and D.H. Lawrence. This edition restores many of the controversial passages expurgated in the 1922 edition that elucidate Frazer's bolder theories, and sets them within the framework of a valuable introduction and notes.
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Originally published in 12 volumes, this is James Fraser's own abridgement to one volume of his comparative study of the beliefs and institutions of mankind.