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Mountain and the Tree, The

Author(s): Beauclerk (ps), Helen [de Vere] Pages: 395
Publisher: Collins Date of Publication: 1935
Reading Level: Genre:
Setting: various, incl Asia Minor Period: 3rd cent AD (Code: 8c)
Rome Setting: n Christian/Jewish/Pagan: c/p
Mystery: n First Person:
Subject: ÒLegend, mythology, and folk beliefs form the basis of her third book ... which is written in four parts, ambitiously set in a span of times and religions from primitive pagan (nature worship of Mother Earth) to Greek to early Christian. There are four stories, connected by theme as they examine the ancient status of man (Tree) and woman (Mountain) and their relationship against the religion of the time, and there is more than a suggestion that the coming of Christ removed much of the power and status anciently ascribed to woman.Ó (20th-Cent. Hist. Writers, 37) ÒThe four parts comprising the book contain four love stories depicting the Stone age in Crete, the coming of the Achaeans in Greece, 1400 B. C., Orphism in Greece, 600 B. C., and first years of the third century A. D. in Asia Minor.Ó (NUC)
Unique Qualities: Real Name: Helen Mary Dorothea Bellingham.
Rating: ÒThe writing ... is very strong and flowing, as though the author is carried along by the power of her sources (The Golden Bough, etc., as freely acknowledged in the foreword).Ó (20th-Cent. Hist. Writers, 37)

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