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'Using writing and celluloid because at first sight there seems to be little in common between Laurence Sterne and James Frazer. But both wrote monumental works incapable of completion. 'The Golden Bough' is, of course, not exactly appreciated for its humour. Yet I cannot help thinking that the founding notion of this life-work - A Key To All Mythologies - is inherently droll. And certainly the unexpected juxtapositions in the Index volume are an occasional source of laughter. As Frazer is now appreciated, if at all, more as a prose stylist rather than a theorist of anthropological verities, I have let stand one obvious , but rather irresistible, error in the text.'