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The author of the book: Michael Wood
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Edition: Chatto & Windus
Date of issue: January 1st 2004
ISBN 13: 9780701165468
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I wasn't sure what I was going to get with this book before I began it. Perhaps history, perhaps some discussion of the supernatural?
Not at all. It was squarely a philosophy book, and a study of what's really happening when an oracle (ancient or modern) is asked a question. In particular, the book looks at what's going on in the mind of the person asking, focusing on his/her situation, the types of questions asked, and how the questioner responds to and interprets the oracle's message. The oracles' responses from history, myth, and contemporary culture parallels are also parsed, and the author makes some stabs at what their historical pattern implies.
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Michael Wood born in Lincoln, England, is the Charles Barnwell Straut Class of 1923 Professor of English and Professor of comparative literature at Princeton University. He is an alumnus of St John's College, Cambridge.
Prior to teaching to Princeton, he taught at Columbia University, and at the University of Exeter in Devon, England.
He was Director of the Gauss Seminars in Criticism at Princeton from 1995-2001, and chaired Princeton's English department from 1998 to 2004. He writes regularly for The New York Review of Books and on film for the London Review of Books.
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