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Robert Graves and the Hebrew Myths: A Collaboration

Patai, Raphael; Robert Graves

ISBN 10: 0814321143 / ISBN 13: 9780814321140
Published by Wayne State University Press, Detroit, Michigan, 1992
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Book in new condition in publisher's shrink wrap. The story of the thirty year friendship between Robert Graves and Raphael Patai that culminated in the book they co-authored - Hebrew Myths: The Book of Genesis. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 468 pp. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Modern; Religion & Theology. ISBN: 0814321143. ISBN/EAN: 9780814321140. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 608936. Bookseller Inventory # 608936

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Title: Robert Graves and the Hebrew Myths: A ...

Publisher: Wayne State University Press, Detroit, Michigan

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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This book tells the story of the thirty-year friendship between Robert Graves and Raphael Patai, and in particular, the story of the literary collaboration that culminated in their joint authorship of the Hebrew Myths: The Book of Genesis. The friendship between Graves and Patai began in 1947 when Graves, having read Patai's book Man and Temple, wrote him a "fan letter" full of remarkable scholarly comments and reflections. It was the beginning of an exchange of letters between the two authors that led to their participation in each others books and studies, joint public appearances in lectures and interviews, mutual visits, and a lasting friendship.

In addition to the nearly two hundred letters they exchanged that are published here for the first time, the book contains the full recorded texts of a long conversation between them about the Hebrew myths, a joint lecture in New York City, and a radio interview. It also includes the lecture Graves gave to the London Hillel Foundation on "Hebrew and European Myths Contrasted," and Patai's long essay on "Myth and Hebrew Myth," originally planned as an introduction to the Hebrew Myths but not published until now. The book discusses other writings produced by Graves and Patai and the reaction of the scholarly and literary world to their joint work and their major separate publications.
Patai also allows a glimpse into the private lives of the two authors, including their struggles and successes, their frustrations and achievements.

Robert Graves and the Hebrew Myths gives rare insight into the lengthy process of gestation that preceded the writing of the Hebrew Myths; the exchanges that led to the reconciliation of the two authors' different views and approaches; the meticulous care they invested in its planning, construction, and execution; and the production of the terse and dramatic presentation that characterizes the book. This volume is a unique account of a difficult but successful collaboration between two writers of very different characters, orientations, and talents.

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