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Myths for the Millions

Thomas Bulfinch, His America, and His Mythology Book

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Marie Sally Cleary

Contents: American Revolution – Loyalists – Charles Bulfinch in Europe – Charles Bulfinch, architecture – Children of Charles and Hannah Bulfinch – Women in the family – Boston Latin School – Phillips Exeter Academy – Great teachers of the era – Harvard University – Classical education in America – American scholars in Germany – War of 1812 – Washington, DC – The Capitol in Washington – Unitarianism – Slavery – Family correspondence – Transcendentalism – Feminist thinking – Boston Society of Natural History – Peabody Sisters – George Barrell Emerson – Boston Library Society – Boston Athenaeum – Hebrew Lyrical History (1853) – Women’s education – The Age of Fable (1855) – Classical mythology in intellectual history – Use of classical myths by Margaret Fuller and others – Romantic view of mythology – Ovid, Metamorphoses – Schoolmasters’ disapproval of Ovid – Mythology textbooks – Pedagogical nature of The Age of Fable – Reception of The Age of Fable – Bulfinch’s later books – Revision of The Age of Fable by Edward Everett Hale.