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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 184195800X
ISBN-13: 9781841958002
Sku: 202439005
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.6H x 4.8L x 0.6T
Pages:  159
Age Range:  NA
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Heralding a major series of retellings of international myths by authors from around the world, Armstrong's characteristically insightful and eloquent book serves as a brilliant and thought-provoking introduction to myth in the broadest sense.
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The author of The History of God and In the Beginning: A New Reading of Genesis offers a useful, well-written introduction to mythology from the Paleolithic period to the "Great Western Transformation" that used science to discredit myth. Reprint.
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Karen Armstrong
Often, women or men who leave a life dedicated to religion don't look back. However, in the case of Karen Armstrong, her formal religious life gave way to a broader, worldlier pursuit of God in the academic and journalistic arenas. Born in 1945 in a small town outside of Birmingham, England, Armstrong had a childhood of wild imagining and voracious reading. She thrived during 11 years of Catholic schooling before, in 1962, turning her life over to the religious order she had grown up with. Initially convinced that convent life would be fulfilling, Armstrong grew to feel differently and, after a strenuous novitiate, she left the order in 1969 and turned to Oxford, where she received her Bachelors degree in literature. Later, in addition to teaching literature at the University of London, Armstrong wrote her autobiography, THROUGH THE NARROW GATE (1983). This book not only allowed her to come to terms with the decision she had made in 1969, but it also granted her, in 1984, an invitation from British Channel 4 Television to write a documentary on St. Paul in Jerusalem, which gave Armstrong firsthand experience of the clashing of the three dominant monotheistic religions: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Since that time, she has worked diligently on academic and journalistic projects oriented around these faith systems. She is known as the preeminent commentator on comparative religion in Britain and the United States: she has been a teacher at the Leo Baeck School for the Study of Judaism and was the recipient of the 1999 Muslim Public Affairs Council's Media Award. As for her own beliefs, though her work has brought her back to the religious life through the back door of academics, she is neither biased to any one faith system nor beholden to her history, referring to herself only as a "freelance monotheist."

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"Written with great explanatory clarity, Armstrong's review of mythology is an efficient, fascinating experience." - Gilbert Taylor 10/15/2005

New York Times Book Review
"A SHORT HISTORY OF MYTH is a handy stand-alone overview of the ever-evolving partnership between myth and man from Paleolithic times to the present. Succinct and cleanly written, it is hugely readable and, in its journey across the epochs of human experience, often moving." - Caroline Alexander 12/11/2005

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