Myths and myth-makers: Old Tales and Superstitions Interpreted by Comparative Mythology

by John Fiske

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“John Fiske was born Edmund Fiske Green at Hartford, Connecticut, March 30, 1842. He was the only child of Edmund Brewster Green, of Smyrna, Delaware, and Mary Fiske Bound, of Middletown, Connecticut. His father was editor of newspapers in Hartford, New York City, and Panama, where he died in 1852, and his widow married Edwin W. Stoughton, of New York, in 1855. On the second marriage of his mother, Edmund Fiske Green assumed the name of his maternal great-grandfather, John Fiske.

“The largest part of his life was devoted to the study of history, but at an early age inquiries into the nature of human progress led him to a careful study of the doctrine of evolution, and it was through the popularization of Charles Darwin’s work that he first became known to the public. He applied himself to the philosophical interpretation of Darwin’s work and produced many books and essays on this subject. His philosophy was influenced by Herbert Spencer’s views on evolution. In a letter from Charles Darwin to John Fiske, dated from 1874, the naturalist remarks: ‘I never in my life read so lucid an expositor (and therefore thinker) as you are.'” —Wikipedia

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