With the Grand River Winds Community Ensemble having a mythology based performance tonight at St. Cecilia Music Center, it may be a great time to introduce the collection of mythology materials found in the library and online. Robert Graves, Joseph Campbell, and Edith Hamilton are all excellent writers on mythology with numerous books found in our library.
In addition, check out the books below on fables, fairy tales, and myths to find your new favorite. Enjoy!
- Aesop’s Fables [electronic resource] by Aesop
Here is a collection of short fables to teach children morality and are still used today.
- Brewer’s dictionary of Irish phrase & fable by Sean McMahon and Jo O’Donoghue; foreword by Maeve Binchy
Get to know the stories and language of Ireland in this book found in the Reference Area. The collection can also be searched through in Credo Reference.
- Bulfinch’s Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch
Used as an instructional guide to mythology, this book is actually an anthology of three books separately published.
- The complete fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm [electronic resource] translated and with an introduction by Jack Zipes; illustrations by John B. Gruelle
The Brothers Grimm have influenced numerous authors and moviemakers. More on the Brothers Grimm at the library can be found here and here.
- Handbook of Inca mythology by Paul R. Steele, with the assistance of Catherine J. Allen
Some of the music the Ensemble will be performing is based upon Machu Picchu, so this will be an excellent resource to understand the background of the lost city.
- The Library of Greek Mythology by Apollodorus, translated by Robin Hard
This is not an introduction to Greek Mythology, but a primary source of Greek Mythology that has been referenced by numerous writers, including Robert Graves.
- Literature and film as modern mythology [electronic resource] by William K. Ferrell
This book analyzes a few movies, like The Shawshank Redemption and Field of Dreams that used myth to tell an amazing story.
- The Oxford companion to world mythology by David Leeming
This is a book broken down into an online resource found in Oxford Reference. The entries include hyperlinks to the details of each article allowing the reader to create comparisons between the myths.