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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent subject, and a great read, 15 Feb 2006
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ILONACAT (WIRRAL, ENGLAND) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Fairies in Tradition and Literature (Routledge Classics) (Paperback)
Katharine M.Briggs was THE specialist in British fairylore. None of her works should be out of print-sadly some of them are, or very hard to find. If you want it dispelled once and for all that fairies are twee little creatures with gossamer wings, come here-Ms Briggs will introduce you to hags, monsters, goblins and boggarts you never knew existed. It's also good to have a book that is totally free of New Age flim-flam about this fascinating subject. Briggs is a scholar allright, but nowhere does she commit the sins of obscurantism, dry prose or tedious footnotes.
I have only one criticism-the book's cover is so boring, and it could so easily have had wonderful and enthralling images on it. Still, I'm giving maximum points because this book is such a treat.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive survey of (well, up to 1967, anyway), 16 Jun 2010
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Victoria Clare (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Fairies in Tradition and Literature (Routledge Classics) (Paperback)
Though this is a new edition, the book was published in 1967, so its survey of fairies (in which it encompasses elves, brownies, hobgoblins, imps, Black Dogs, Fairy Plants and the Devil) ends up with Tolkien as the final word. As a Tolkien enthusiast, I approve!

Of course she also doesn't know that the Cottingley Fairy photos were faked, which gives her handling of that famous incident extra charm. I enjoyed reading this book, and would recommend it to anyone interested in folklore. It's accessible and a fun read, and encompasses literary as well as traditional fairy material.

It contains some wonderful anecdotes and stories that are not widely known, and is also comprehensively referenced - so I may need to read some of the references next! The book is British in focus, with the main emphasis on stories from England.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bewitching, 27 July 2011
This review is from: The Fairies in Tradition and Literature (Routledge Classics) (Paperback)
Academic books can be, by and large, a bit dry and miserable. Not this one. Despite the fact that we are now many years on from its' original publication, Briggs exhaustive study on the prescence of the fairy folk in some of our greatest literary works is fresh and very readable. Though the act of reading it is as easy and pleasurable as that of perusing a blockbuster novel, however, the level of scholarship here must not be overlooked. This text is impeccably researched and endlessly informative. A must read for and aspiring folklorist, or even someone who loved Puck and his kin and wants to know more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An insight into fairy legends, 14 Jan 2014
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Lots of information about the background of some fairy stories and the variations in language that exist from place to place.
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