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Though people generally do not think of them in such terms, crows are remarkably graceful: from the tip of a crows beak to the end of its tail is a single curve, which changes rhythmically as the crow turns its head or bends toward the ground. Foraging on their long, powerful legs, crows appear to glide over the earth; they take flight almost without effort, flapping their wings easily, ascending into the air like spirits.

Nevertheless, the whiskers around their beaks and an apparent smile make crows, in a scruffy sort of way, endearingly "human". In a vast range of cultures from the Chinese to the Hopi Indians, crows are bearers of prophecy. Because of their courtship dances and monogamous unions, the Greeks invoked crows at weddings as symbols of conjugal love. Crows are among the most ubiquitous of birds, yet, without being in the least exotic, they remain mysterious.

This book is a survey of crows, ravens, magpies and their relatives in myth, literature and life. It ranges from the raven sent out by Noah to the corvid deities of the Eskimo, to Taoist legends, Victorian novels and contemporary films. It will be of interest to all people who have ever been intrigued, puzzled, annoyed or charmed by these wonderfully intelligent birds.

Synopsis:

The crow is a remarkably graceful bird: a single curve runs from the tip of its beak to the end of its tail, which changes rhythmically as it turns its head or bends toward the ground. It takes flight effortlessly, ascending like a spirit to glide over the earth.

This book considers crows, ravens, magpies, and their relatives in myth, literature, and life. It ranges from Noah's raven through Victorian novels to recent films. It will be of interest to anyone who has ever been intrigued, puzzled, annoyed, or charmed by these wonderfully intelligent birds.

Boria Sax is a lecturer in literature at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York, and the founder of the organization Nature in Legend and Story (NILAS).

About the Author

Boria Sax is lecturer in literature at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York, and is the founder of the organization Nature in Legend and Story (NILAS). He has published many books on images of animals in human culture including Animals in the Third Reich (2000) and The Mythical Zoo (2001).

Table of Contents

Introduction1. Mesopotamia2. Egypt, Greece and Rome3. The European Middle Ages and Renaissance4. Asia5. Native American Culture6. The Romantic Era7. Lord of the Crows8. The Twentieth Century and BeyondTimelineReferencesBibliographyWebsitesAssociationsAcknowledgementsPhoto AcknowledgementsIndex
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"Boria Sax's Crow takes a broadly chronological approach, with an intriguing digression on scarecrows. There are strong themes in the way different cultures have thought about crows (and ravens)."--The Independent

(The Independent, Feb 25 2004 ) CITATION:

"This authoritative and well-researched volume is an ideal source of reference for anyone who has ever been intrigued, annoyed or charmed by these wonderful birds"--Cage and Aviary Birds

(Matt Smith, Cage and Aviary Birds, Feb 7 2004 ) CITATION:

"A fascinating and delightful book... an excellent read for anyone interested in this group of birds"--British Trust for Ornithology

(British Trust for Ornithology, May 1 2004 ) CITATION:

"the sort of mongraph I treasure and seek out, a work that draws together around a totem animal centuries of relevant lore, a richness of iconographic treatments and the best natural history and natural science available to a lay researcher and engaged author"--David Scofield Wilson, H-Net Reviews

(David Scofield Wilson, H-Net Reviews, Apr 1 2004 )

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861891945
Author:
Sax, Boria
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Subject:
Animals and civilization
Subject:
Crows
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching - General
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Birdwatching Guides
Subject:
Nature Studies-Birds
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reaktion Books - Animal
Publication Date:
April 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
27 color plates and 73 halftones
Pages:
184
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.3 in

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Product details 184 pages Reaktion Books - English 9781861891945 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The crow is a remarkably graceful bird: a single curve runs from the tip of its beak to the end of its tail, which changes rhythmically as it turns its head or bends toward the ground. It takes flight effortlessly, ascending like a spirit to glide over the earth.

This book considers crows, ravens, magpies, and their relatives in myth, literature, and life. It ranges from Noah's raven through Victorian novels to recent films. It will be of interest to anyone who has ever been intrigued, puzzled, annoyed, or charmed by these wonderfully intelligent birds.

Boria Sax is a lecturer in literature at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York, and the founder of the organization Nature in Legend and Story (NILAS).

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