Expands Its Reference Library Offerings to Include the Classics of Mythology and Fable Publishes Frazer’s the Golden Bough and Bulfinch’s Mythology on the Web

New York — April 11, 2000, the first name in Internet publishing of reference, verse and classic literature, today announces the expansion of its reference library into mythology and fable with the publication of Sir James George Frazer’s the Golden Bough (1922) and Thomas Bulfinch’s Mythology (1913). These new additions expand what is already the most comprehensive reference collection on the web, and both are accessible 24 hours per day, at no charge.   1 publishes for the first time on the web Frazer’s the Golden Bough. Perhaps the most significant anthropological work ever published, Frazer’s work is a monumental study of the origins of magic and religion. Frazer described his work “as a voyage of discovery, in which we shall visit many strange foreign lands, with strange foreign peoples, and still stranger customs.” This voyage profoundly influenced a generation of writers, including D.H. Lawrence and T.S. Eliot. Indeed, Eliot’s The Waste Land, also published by, contains numerous allusions to the ceremonies described in the Golden Bough. Frazer’s eloquent writing style brings the fascinating subject matter of this book to life.’s publication adds full-text searching and a hyperlinked subject index ensuring that users will find the precise information they seek.   2
  Thomas Bulfinch’s Mythology or Age of Fable is an ageless classic of myths and fables and a pillar in the canon of Western letters. Written to “teach mythology not as a study, but as a relaxation from study,” these ageless volumes span the ages: from the Olympus of Zeus and the Valhalla of Thor, to the Round Table of King Arthur and the escapades of Robin Hood.’s publication adds a combined full-text search to all volumes of this work.   3
  With allusion to the great myths and fables abounding in literature and verse, these two classic resources are an invaluable addition to the already comprehensive reference offerings of, ensuring the user will never have to leave the site to have their reference questions answered.   4

Headquartered in New York City, began publishing on the web in 1994. Now a leading innovator in the field of electronic publishing, has been widely cited as one of the best reference sites on the web, providing web-based access to such world-class works as the Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition, The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition; Roget’s II: The New Thesaurus, Third Edition; Simpson’s Contemporary Quotations; and The American Heritage® Book of English Usage. Additional offerings include Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, Strunk’s Elements of Style, six classic poetry anthologies, including the Oxford Book of English Verse, Emily Post’s Etiquette, as well as the Cambridge History of English and American Literature: An Encyclopedia in Eighteen Volumes, considered a landmark of English and American letters.   5
  Named after the character of Melville’s classic Bartleby, the Scrivener, provides millions of students, educators and the intellectually curious with unparalleled access to classics and reference books online. began as a personal research experiment in 1993 and within one year published its first classic book on the web, Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. Since then,’s ever-expanding list of renowned classics makes it the preeminent electronic publishing enterprise on the web.   6
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