About the Author
Iona (born 1923) and Peter Opie (1918-1982) began their research together in 1944. Fifteen years later, they published The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren
and took their places as, to quote The Guardian
, "the supreme archivists of the folklore movement." Since that time, they have jointly published The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, The Classic Fairy Tales
, and Children's Game in Street and Playground
. Since Peter Opie's death in 1982, Iona Opie has carried on with their work under his name as well as her own.
Marina Warner is a writer of fiction, criticism, and history. Her award-winning studies of mythology and fairy tales include Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary, From the Beast to the Blonde
, and No Go the Bogeyman
. In 2006 she published Phantasmagoria: Spirit Visions, Metaphors, and Media
, a study of ghosts, phantasms, and technology. Her most recent work of fiction is the novel The Leto Bundle
. A Fellow of the British Academy, she is also Professor of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex.