Katherine Briggs, a past president of the English Folklore Society, gained her doctrate in philosopy from Oxford with a thesis on folklore. Although she is not a Pagan, nor a proponent of the Faery Faith, her Dictionary of Fairies is certainly one of the essential references for those who practice that faith today. Written in a dense but clear style, every entry from "Abbey lubber" to "Young Tam Lin" delivers a wealth of priceless information. Many of the stories that are important representatives of a folklore type or motif are told in full and there are illustrations of faries as they have been portrayed by artists both classical and modern. The indices of folklore types and motifs at the end of this dictionary is of particular interest to those who wish to pursue a serious study of folktales. Many of the fairy reference books being published today rely heavily on the information Briggs assembled in her Dictionary of Fairies, first published in 1976. Indeed, some are nothing more than thinly veiled plagaries of Briggs' work. This is an essential reference work for anyone studying the Faery Faith and Celtic traditions.