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Corn King and the Spring Queen, The

Author(s): Mitchison, Naomi (Margaret) Pages: 721
Publisher: Cape Date of Publication: 1931
Reading Level: Genre:
Setting: Scythia, Sparta Period: 3rd cent BC (Code: 4)
Rome Setting: n Christian/Jewish/Pagan: p
Mystery: n First Person:
Subject: Scythia & Sparta in 3rd cent BC. ÒPanoramic view of Greek civilization and religion in the third century BCÓ (McGarry) ÒMythical and historical at once, the story follows Erif Der in her journeys through the world of her time as she searches for atonement, reconciliation and cleansing.Ó (Amazon.com)
Unique Qualities: Roman connection unclear. Listed under Rome by Besaw on Choi's WWW site. (SC)
Rating: A novel ahead of its time in many ways due to its quiet feminism and its insistence that women could have fun, and quest-plots, as well as men ...acclaimed as one of the most important books of the year it was published. ... Lyrical descriptive writing, lucid treatments of politics and war and intensely intimate observation of the needs and deeds of human beings fill this book, which manages to be earthy and transcendent at once. (Amazon.com)

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