Algora Publishing has just released The Mythic Forest, the Green Man and the Spirit of Nature in hardcover. Gary R. Varner’s most recent book is, according to the publisher, “A delightful world tour of traditions and belief’s related to trees and forests. The Mythic Forest, the Green Man and the Spirit of Nature highlights modern-day revivals of ancient customs and identifies the Green Man motif in American architecture from Manhattan to San Francisco.
“The book will appeal to readers interested in folklore, mythology, urban archaeology, and, of course, trees and their lore.”
The book is available from all bookshops and is just now becoming available through the many on line stores such as Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. Profusely illustrated with original images of the Green Man taken by the author and others in Great Britain and throughout the United States, The Mythic Forest, the Green Man and the Spirit of Nature is available in trade paper at $21.95 (ISBN 0-87586-434-1) and now in hardcover at $29.95 (ISBN 087586435X). The book has extensive footnotes and index as well.
Varner’s other works include Menhirs, Dolmen and Circles of Stone: The Folklore and Magic of Sacred Stones which has been purchased by over 250 university libraries around the world, also from Algora Publishing, two books on holy wells and sacred water called Sacred Wells: A Study in the History, Meaning and Mythology of Holly Wells & Waters, and Water of Life Water of Death: The Folklore & Mythology of Sacred Waters. Sacred Wells has been a top seller on holy wells and waters in Great Britain and Japan.
Varner’s next book, Creatures in the Mist: Little People, Wild Men and Spirit Beings Around the World, is scheduled to be part of Algora’s fall catalog.