Primitive Love and Love-Stories (Classic Reprint)

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Fb&c Limited, 17.03.2018 - 872 Seiten
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In writing a book like this the author's function is com parable to that of an architect who gets his materials from various parts of the world and fashions them into a building of more or less artistic merit. The anthropologist has to gather his facts from a greater variety of sources than any other writer, and from the very nature of his subject he is obliged to quote incessantly. The following pages embody the results of more than twelve years' research in the libraries of America and Europe. In weaving my quotations into a continuous fabric I have adopted a plan which I believe to be ingenious, and which certainly saves space and annoyance. Instead of citing the full titles of books every time they are referred to either in the text or in footnotes, I merely give the author's name and the page number, if only one of his books is referred to; and if there are several books, I give the initials - say Brinton, M. N. W, 130; which means Brinton's Myths of the New World, page 130. The key to the abbreviations will be found at the end of the volume in the bibliography, which also includes an author's index, sepa rate from the index of subjects. This avoids the repetition of titles or of the customary useless loo. Cit, and spares the reader the annoyance of constant interruption of his reading to glance at the bottom of the page.

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