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Thomas Bulfinch biography

Date of birth : 1796-07-15
Date of death : 1867-05-27
Birthplace : Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Famous Figures
Last modified : 2011-05-30
Credited as : Author, Legends of Charlemagne, The Age of Chivalry, Bullfinch's Mythology

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Thomas Bulfinch was an American writer, born in Newton, Massachusetts. Bulfinch belonged to a well educated Bostonian merchant family of modest means. His father was Charles Bulfinch, the architect of the Massachusetts State House in Boston and parts of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.. Bulfinch supported himself through his position at the Merchants' Bank of Boston.

Thomas Bulfinch studied at Harvard and spent most of his working life as a clerk at a Boston bank. A lifelong bachelor, Bulfinch devoted much of his free time to researching and rewriting classic stories and myths. His notion, he once wrote, was to "teach mythology not as a study but as a relaxation from study." His masterwork, The Age of Fable, was a collection and retelling of Greek and Roman myths. The book was published in 1855 and proved so popular that in time it became known simply as Bulfinch's Mythology. His other books include The Age of Chivalry (1858) and Legends of Charlemagne (1863).

Author of books:

The Age of Fable, or Stories of Gods and Heroes (1855)
The Age of Chivalry, or Legends of King Arthur (1858)
Legends of Charlemagne, or Romance of the Middle Ages (1863)

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