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The Life of Buddha as Legend and History

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    DR. THOMAS makes a first-hand contribution to the subject, based on a wealth of new material; while at the same time he gives to the layman a fascinating biography of a personality mysterious and real, and, to the philosophic mind, perhaps the most attractive among all; religious reformers. The account of Buddha's life in the first chapters provides perhaps the most interesting reading—as a story. The discussion of our literary sources of Buddhism in the introduction, and the analysis of the text in the appendix, allow the specialist and the scholar from the neighbouring fields of history and sociology to obtain a real glimpse into the foundations of our knowledge of Buddhism.

    The Life of Buddha as Legend and History.

    By Dr. Edward J. Thomas. (The History of Civilisation Series.) Pp. xxiv + 297 + 4 plates. (London: Kegan Paul and Co., Ltd.; New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1927.) 12s. 6d. net.

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