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The Fairies in Tradition and Literature (Routledge Classics) Paperback – 20 Jun 2002
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'Required reading for anyone seeking to take a first step into the wondrous realm of fairy tales.' - Jack Zipes
About the Author
Katharine Briggs (1898-1980). Eminent folklorist and former president of the Folklore Society.
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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.
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.
This was wonderful, informative and absolutely fascinating.
A must for folklore fans.
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