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Katharine Mary Briggs
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The Anatomy Of Puck

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First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Hardcover, 284 pages
Published by Arno Press
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Kori Klinzing
Sep 20, 2010 Kori Klinzing rated it it was amazing
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Very informative and interesting book of folklore and folklore based literature from the 16th and 17th centuries. It's especially helpful if you're doing a paper on Shakespeare's usage of faeries like I was. The little glossary in the back explains the generalized types of faeries for someone who hasn't obsessively read this stuff, and the little collection of stories are those faerie tales we don't get told as children. It includes quotes and passages from plays and stories and a comprehensive ...more
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Mar 17, 2013 Fraser Sherman rated it liked it
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This is an excellent work as far as it goes, but it's very specialized--a look at fairy lore as seen through writers of the 16th and 17th centuries. That made it a little too niche for me, though the writing on the overlap between fairies, witches and demons was interesting (a lot of literary works showed Hades or Proserpine as the ruler of the fae, for instance). Katherine Briggs' Encyclopedia of Fairies works far better for my purpose.
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Early Life
Katharine Briggs was born in Hampstead, London in 1898, and was the eldest of three sisters. The Briggs family, originally from Yorkshire, had built up a fortune in the 18th and 19th centuries through coal mining and owned a large colliery in Normanton, West Yorkshire. With such enormous wealth, Katharine and her family were able to live in luxury with little need to work. Briggs's fathe
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