The Fairies in Tradition and Literature

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 324 pages

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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Contents

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2
5
PART I The Fairy Peoples
8
Historic Survey
9
The Fairy Realms
14
Tutelary Spirits
30
Forgotten Gods and Nature Spirits
48
The Host of the Dead
58
The Double Strain
127
Fairy Wives and Fairy Lovers
146
Human Opinions
168
The Eighteenth Century
183
The Nineteenth Century and After
204
The Foreign Invasion
219
Folklorists and Collectors
236
Something to Bite On
255

Hobgoblins and Imps
66
Giants Hags and Monsters
75
Fairy Beasts
84
Fairy Plants
101
Regional Differences
105
The Fairy Dependence
113
A LIST OF BOOKS CITED AND CONSULTED
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Katharine Briggs (1898-1980). Eminent folklorist and former president of the Folklore Society.

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