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The Fairies in Tradition and Literature : Routledge Classics - Katharine M. Briggs

The Fairies in Tradition and Literature

Routledge Classics

Paperback Published: 20th June 2002
ISBN: 9780415286015
Number Of Pages: 352

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Fairies fascinate young and old alike. To some they offer tantalizing glimpses of other worlds, to others a subversive counterpoint to human arrogance and weakness. Like no other author, Katharine Briggs throughout her work communicated the thrill and delight of the world of fairies, and in this book she articulated for the first time the history of that world in tradition and literature.

From every period and every country, poets and storytellers have described a magical world inhabited by elfin spirits. Capricious and vengeful, or beautiful and generous, they've held us in thrall for generations. And on a summer's morn, as the dew dries softly on the grass, if you kneel and look under a toadstool, well ...

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'Required reading for anyone seeking to take a first step into the wondrous realm of fairy tales.' - Jack Zipes

List of Illustrations
The Fairy Peoples
Historic Surveyp. 3
The Fairy Realmsp. 14
Tutelary Spiritsp. 30
Forgotten Gods and Nature Spiritsp. 48
The Host of the Deadp. 58
Hobgoblins and Impsp. 66
Giants, Hags and Monstersp. 74
Fairy Beastsp. 84
Fairy Plantsp. 98
Regional Differencesp. 105
Traffic with the Fairies
The Fairy Dependencep. 113
Time and Seasonsp. 123
Fairy Morality: The Double Strainp. 127
Changelings and Midwivesp. 136
Fairy Wives and Fairy Loversp. 146
Fairy Encounters and Odd Experiencesp. 155
Human Opinionsp. 168
Some Literary Fairies
The Poets: The Eighteenth Centuryp. 183
The Poets: The Nineteenth Century and Afterp. 204
The Foreign Invasionp. 219
The Moralistsp. 227
Folklorists and Collectorsp. 236
The Humoristsp. 241
Whimsyp. 248
Something to Bite Onp. 255
Appendicesp. 267
A List of Books Cited and Consultedp. 301
Indexp. 311
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415286015
ISBN-10: 0415286018
Series: Routledge Classics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 20th June 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.05 x 12.7  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition

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