Some Mythical Elements in English Literature

Some Mythical Elements in English Literature

Some Mythical Elements in English Literature

Some Mythical Elements in English Literature

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First, I must express my sincere thanks to the Master and Fellows of Trinity College, Cambridge, for inviting me to give the Clark Lectures for the year 1959-60. And I am indebted to the invitation not only for the high honour it does me but for its having propelled me to develop and express ideas that had been hovering in my mind for some time.

The resultant lectures are printed as delivered. They aim at being suggestive over a wide area, not at being thorough; and by preserving the lecture-form I hope to keep that aim before the reader's attention.

The translation of the Chinese poem on page 14 is reprinted by kind permission of the Cambridge University Press. It comes from Chinese Lyrics translated by Ch'u Ta-Kao (1937), and its original is by Fan Chung-Yen, who lived A.D. 989-1053.

I have to thank Professor E. M. Wilson for information about the Council of Trent's action against the Gospel of Nicodemus.

E. M. W. T.

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