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Leeming, David Adams 1937-

Works: 69 works in 474 publications in 3 languages and 33,944 library holdings
Genres: Encyclopedias  Biography  Reference works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Dictionaries  History  Folklore  Legends  Comparative studies  Miscellanea 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Other, Contributor
Classifications: BL311, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by David Adams Leeming
James Baldwin : a biography by David Adams Leeming( Book )

25 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"He was one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary men of letters. Angry, provocative, courageous, James Baldwin wrote with such fierce eloquence about issues of race and sex that his great books - Go Tell It on the Mountain, Giovanni's Room, Another Country, The Fire Next Time - are now part of the canon of American literature. The literary scholar David Leeming, a friend of Baldwin's for twenty-five years, brings us closer than we have ever been to the complex, troubled, brilliant man who struggled out of Harlem to create a series of works that expose the essential racism of America, and indeed the world. Leeming explores every aspect of Baldwin's life - his relationships with the famous and the unknown, his homosexuality and precarious style of life, his expatriate years in France and Turkey, his gift for compassion and love, the public pressures that overwhelmed his quest for fulfillment and happiness, and above all his inspired and passionate battle against the white society's blindness to black identity. "I've been here three hundred and fifty years," he would tell a white audience, "but you've never seen me." James Baldwin died in 1987 in France at the age of sixty-three. He lives vividly in the pages of David Leeming's powerful biography"--Jacket
The world of myth by David Adams Leeming( Book )

41 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,863 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthology of myths ranging from ancient Egypt and Greece to the Polynesian Islands and modern science
The Oxford companion to world mythology by David Adams Leeming( Book )

25 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 1,717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Covers all aspects of mythology, including substantial essays on the world's major mythological traditions (including Greek, Native American, Indian, Japanese, Sumerian, Egyptian), mythological types and motifs (e.g., Descent to the Underworld, the Hero, the Trickster, Creation, the Quest), mythological figures (e.g., Odysseus, Zeus, Osiris, Spider Woman, Inanna) as well as numerous interrelated subjects such as fairly tales and legends. The Companion also locates myth in our lives today, relating it to language patterns, psychology, religion, politics, art, and gender attitudes. Following the entries, appendices include family trees of the major pantheons, equivalency charts for the gods of Greece and Rome, Babylon and Sumer, as well as other traditions.--From publisher description
Encyclopedia of creation myths by David Adams Leeming( Book )

43 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in English and held by 1,667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In encyclopedic format, this book presents creations myths, beliefs of ancient civilizations around the world, including Greeks, Romans, and others
A dictionary of Asian mythology by David Adams Leeming( Book )

21 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"David Leeming introduces the many mythologies of the Asian continent. Traveling through these pages, the reader may encounter the supreme Gautama Buddha; the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesa; Chang O, the Lunar Toad and Chinese goddess of the Moon; the sacred Cambodian ruins of Angkor; and golden Mount Meru, home of the Hindu gods. Myths like the Stone and the Banana of Indonesian origin and the Indian Churning of the Ocean of Milk are likewise represented in detail, as are archetypal themes such as the hero quest, sacrifice, and descent to the underworld." "Assembled in an A to Z format, this dictionary presents the stories of the revered deities, sacred places, key events and epics, and recurring themes and traditions that make up the fabric of Asian mythology. There are specific entries addressing the key mythologies of the regions we now call India, China, Tibet, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and Japan. Cross references highlight the diversity, interconnectedness, and complex beauty of Asian myth."--Jacket
Myths, legends, and folktales of America : an anthology by David Adams Leeming( Book )

11 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a variety of myths, tales, and legends. Includes Native American tales about creation, goddesses, trickster gods, the Indian and the white man, as well as Hispanic American, Asian American, Anglo American, and African American stories. Features patriotic heroes, American loners, frontiersman, and tall tales, Western outlaws, lawmen, and cowboys, slave rebels, and Blues legends, among other topics
Jealous gods and chosen people : the mythology of the Middle East by David Adams Leeming( Book )

15 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,067 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scholar Leeming offers the first comprehensive narrative study of the mythology of the Middle East, that tumultuous region that was the cradle of civilization. Leeming begins with a brief history, followed by an in-depth discussion of the mythology of the region, ranging from prehistoric figures such as the mother goddess of Catal Huyuk to Mesopotamian gods such as Marduk and mythic heroes such as Gilgamesh, to the pantheon of Egyptian mythology. He also explores the mythology of the three great monotheistic religions of the region: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In a provocative epilogue, Leeming notes that fundamentalists in the area's three religions today all see their way as the only way, forgetting that myths represent truths that are spiritual and philosophical, not historical events that can be used to justify acts of violence.--From publisher description
Goddess : myths of the female divine by David Adams Leeming( Book )

12 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in English and held by 1,044 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David Leeming and Jake Page gather some seventy-five of the most potent and meaningful of these tales in an extraordinary rich and readable introduction of this divine figure as she has emerged from prehistory to the present
Storytelling encyclopedia : historical, cultural, and multiethnic approaches to oral traditions around the world( Book )

9 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 1,038 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first definitive reference work to address the substantive elements of oral storytelling, a form of communication that dates back to the dawn of humanity. It is an ʺA to Zʺ collection of over 700 entries covering such major storytelling elements as motifs, character types, tale types, place names, and creation mythologies and storytelling techniques of cultures around the world. Examples of subjects covered are the contributions of pioneering folklorists and mythologists such as: Franz Boas, Stith Thompson, and Joseph Campbell; descriptions of such well-known Western tales as ʺCinderella, ʺ the Greek myth of Persephone and Demeter, and the story of Exodus; as well as tales from Native American, African, and Asian cultures, including ʺIndra and the Ants, ʺ tales of Anansi, the spider-trickster of the Ashanti, and the Cherokee Bear-man
The mythology of native North America by David Adams Leeming( Book )

7 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,017 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recounts more than seventy Native American myths from a variety of cultures, covering gods, creation, and heroes and heroines, and discusses each myth within its own context, its relationship to other myths, and its place within world mythology
Encyclopedia of allegorical literature by David Adams Leeming( Book )

10 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the Encyclopedia of Allegorical Literature, readers will find more than 400 concise articles covering all aspects of literary allegory: the device wherein characters, situations, and actions stand for ideas. Far-ranging in scope, the book covers the entire Western allegorical tradition during the vast sweep of time between the Old Testament Song of Songs and the postmodernist novels of Thomas Pynchon and Ishmael Reed. Selected Indian, Middle Eastern, South American, and African works are also included, as are works that are not, strictly speaking, allegories, yet contain allegorical aspects. In addition, the authors provide articles on allegory as it relates to film, music, psychoanalysis, and other fields." "The A-to-Z entries include allegorical works, authors, characters, definitions, and literary devices and terms, all carefully cross-referenced to direct the reader to related topics. Essays on the works include a brief overview of the work itself as well as an analysis of how closely it adheres to the definition of allegory set out in the helpful introduction. Quick-reference appendixes list titles of works featured in the book both alphabetically and chronologically. An extensive bibliography refers readers to a wealth of background material. A subject index rounds out the volume."--Jacket
God : myths of the male divine by David Adams Leeming( Book )

14 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and Spanish and held by 751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Illustrating their points with materials ranging from the prehistoric cave paintings to the mystic Jewish Kabbalah, from the ancient Indian Vedas to tales of the North American Indians and other myths from around the world, Leeming and Page reveal the changing mask of the male divine. We see how that divinity emerged in some areas from cults involving "animal masters" (as in the Bear Man of the Cherokee Indians), sorcerers, and shamans who embarked on spirit journeys. God sometimes appeared as the trickster - as Loki of the Norse people, Legba of Africa's Yoruba, Raven and Coyote of North America, and Krishna of India - both creative and bedeviling
Amazing grace : a life of Beauford Delaney by David Adams Leeming( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leeming quotes generously from the journals, notebooks, letters, and critical reviews, tracing Delaney's movement away from representation - the street scenes and portraits of his "blues aesthetic"--Into the abstract paintings where his dominant concern is with the "architecture" of color and a religious sense of light that "held the power to illuminate, even to redeem and reconcile and heal." Amazing Grace illuminates both the work and milieu of a major black talent and gives us a portrait of a man spiritually devoted to his art, a man we would have very much liked to know and who, after closing the book, we feel we have known
Stephen Spender : a life in modernism by David Adams Leeming( Book )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in English and held by 655 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Poet, autobiographer, literary critic, journalist, and art critic, Stephen Spender was also a social commentator and friend to many of the key thinkers of the modernist and post-modernist periods. David Leeming's portrait captures the life while also offering a study of some of modernism's most original ideas and personalities and a close look at the intersections between art and politics."
Gods, heroes & kings : the battle for mythic Britain by Christopher R Fee( Book )

23 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book unearths the layers of the British Isles' unique folkloric tradition to discover how this body of seemingly disparate tales developed. The authors find a virtual battlefield of myths on which pagan and Judeo-Christian beliefs fought for dominance, and classical, Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, and Celtic narrative threads became tangled
Myth : a biography of belief by David Adams Leeming( Book )

23 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of four essays, originally a series of lectures, are divided by the themes of religion, creation, deity and heroes, plumbing mythology for the spiritual truths and psychological functions that emerge when they are compared across cultures and faith traditions. The author also updates our world myths by adding a new generation of modern "mythmakers" (people who help teach us who we are and where we came from)such as Albert Einstein, Werner Heisenberg and even Virginia Woolf, arguing that many religions risk becoming irrelevant by remaining anchored in the past and closed to the messages of newly emerging myths
The handy mythology answer book by David Adams Leeming( Book )

3 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 553 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Stories centuries in the making, and many centuries worth of stories, are an integral part of modern society. Whether modern or ancient, every culture has its myths. Mythology forms our understanding of our origin, history, and traditions. They tell of our heroes and deities. Myths are vehicles for understanding religion, for learning language, and for understanding society, but they can often be difficult to understand and confusing. The Handy Mythology Answer Book examines and explains, in plain English, numerous myths and mythology. From the ancient Greek and Roman to Egypt and Babylon, from Native North American Indian to Celtic, Middle Eastern, Indian, Asian, African, and the lesser known myths from around the world, The Handy Mythology Answer Book has them covered. Whether it is the modern retelling of a classic myth or an ancient story about a Norse god, this helpful resource demystifies the myth, looks at different archetypes and motifs, and even shows how myths help explain our existence and institutions. It answers nearly 600 questions and offers fun facts about the treachery and violence, the inspirational and epic, the supernatural monsters and heroic mortals found in mythology, such as How and when did myths originate? What are the three primary myth types? What is the nature of Creation Myths? How can myths be compared to dreams? Why do humans tell myths? What was the Egyptian Book of the Dead? How is the epic of Gilgamesh like later epics? Why is the biblical flood story so like the Babylonian flood myth? What was the myth of Theseus, the Labyrinth, and the Minotaur? What are the Homeric Hymns? How and why are the Odyssey and the Iliad so different from each other? What is the popular appeal of the Odyssey? Did the Greeks see these myths as religion or as entertainment? What was the background myth of the Oedipus plays? What was the nature of Roman mythology during the Roman Republic? What was the Metamorphosis? How did Christian narrative and tradition fit into and come to dominate the Roman mythological tradition? How is Celtic culture and mythology related to the culture and mythology of Greek, Roman, and other cultures? How did the Vedas contribute to Hindu mythology? Who invented Chinese writing? What was the Aztec pantheon? What is the story of the Cherokee Grandmother Sun? Who are some Native American tricksters? What is the story of Schrödinger's Cat? How did Freud use myths? How is myth used in politics? A glossary of commonly used terms and an appendix of parallel mythology exploring universal themes, motifs, and archetypes from across various cultures further explains the world of mythology."--
From Olympus to Camelot : the world of European mythology by David Adams Leeming( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the stories suggested by the great cave paintings of the Paleolithic period to the thought experiments of modern scientists, From Olympus to Camelot provides a sweeping history of the development of the rich and varied European mythological tradition. David Leeming, an authority on world mythology, begins with a general introduction to mythology and mythological terms, and then turns to the stories themselves. Discussing well-known figures such as Zeus, Aphrodite, Thor, and Cuchulainn, and less familiar ones such as Perun, Mari, and the Sorcerer of Lescaux, Leeming illustrates and analyzes the enduring human endeavor to make sense of existence through deities and heroes. Following an initial exploration of the Indo-European sources of European mythology and the connections between the myths of Europe and those of India and Iran, the book proceeds to survey the major beliefs of Greek, Roman, Celtic, Germanic, Baltic, and Slavic cultures, as well as the mythologies of non-Indo-European cultures such as the Etruscans and the Finns. Among its contents are introductions to the pantheons of various mythologies, examinations of major mythological works, and retellings of the influential mythical stories. This work also examines European deities, creation myths, and heroes in the context of Christian belief, and considers the translation of traditional stories into the mythologies of modern European political, scientific, philosophical, and economic movements. European mythology is the core mythology of Western civilization. This wide-ranging volume offers a lively and informative survey, along with a provocative new way of understanding this fundamental aspect of European culture
Creation myths of the world : an encyclopedia by David Adams Leeming( Book )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nearly every belief system in every part of the world has its own distinctive answers to how the world was created, often taking the form of a story or myth. These narratives offer insight into a culture's values, its world view, and its interpretations of the relationship between the individual, society, and the divine
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Leeming, David 1937-

Leeming, David A.

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リーミング, D

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The Oxford companion to world mythologyEncyclopedia of creation mythsA dictionary of Asian mythologyMyths, legends, and folktales of America : an anthologyJealous gods and chosen people : the mythology of the Middle EastGoddess : myths of the female divineStorytelling encyclopedia : historical, cultural, and multiethnic approaches to oral traditions around the worldThe mythology of native North America