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4.0 out of 5 stars Troublesome Thing, 10 Jun 2009
This review is from: Fairies and Fairy Stories: A History (Paperback)
This book was originally published as 'Troublesome Things' by Penquin. Tempus picked it up a few years later and changed the title, which is confusing and, in my opinion, ought to be prohibited. Nevertheless, the book itself does what it says on the tin: it is a review - mostly literary - of fairies through time in a competent if uninspiring way. Purkiss comes at the subject from the perspective of an Oxford academic and, understandably perhaps, doesn't try to hide her contempt for those who view fairies as anything other than imaginary, so followers of earth religions beware. For an equally academic but more engaging study of the subject try Katerine Briggs 'The Fairies in Tradition and Literature'.
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Fairies and Fairy Stories: A History by Diane Purkiss (Paperback - 28 Sep 2007)
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