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The Vanishing People: Fairy Lore and Legends
Internationally acclaimed as one of Britain's most respected folklore scholars, Katharine Briggs(1898-1980) was also one of the most popular authors in the field. These "Selected Works provide facsimile editions of her landmark writings, spanning the whole of her publishing career, from 1959 to 1980.
Hardcover, 218 pages
Published November 1st 1978 by Pantheon Books
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AWESOME collection of fairy lore. If you loved Brian Froud's Faeries, you will recognize a lot of the beings and tales related here -- you can tell that Froud plumbed Briggs's many writings for his source material. This book sports a thorough bibliography and a valuable glossary of fairy creatures.
One of my favourite, if not favourite books on Faerie legends, easy to read and absolutely magical. I love all of Katherine's Briggs works, and am a huge fan of her writing, so my review may be a little biased.
"The fairy people in the British Isles, not to say all over the world, vary so much in character, size, appearance and powers, that it is not surprising to find that they inhabit all kinds of places on land and water, under the earth and above it". So writes Katherine Briggs in a chapter introduction, and in this exhaustive study, she draws upon folklore, oral history, and scholarly research to illustrate the extraordinary range of "others" once believed to live along side humans, though usually...more