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An Encyclopedia of Fairies: Hobgoblins, Brownies, Bogies, & Other Supernatural Creatures (1976)

de Katharine Briggs

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First ed. published under title: A dictionary of fairies. Lists entries on fairies and other supernatural creatures, and terms and phrases associated with them.
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I liked the book and I'm sad to see it going to a charity. But I have to downsize my library and this is one of the victims. The reality is that I will never be able to sit down and read it ....pity. And I've only referred to it briefly since I bought it. Maybe Chad thought I might throw into my writing some obscure phases from the fairy world. ...well a bit late for that now. But four stars from me. ( )
  booktsunami | Jan 17, 2024 |
This volume, by one of the most important contemporary authors in the genre of fairy studies, is a must for every humanities reference collection. It is comprehensive and very approachable for individuals of many backgrounds and interests from literature genre studies to art and the social sciences. ( )
  Susieqbarker | Nov 8, 2022 |
A wonderful compendium of the folkloric inhabitants of the British Isles.

In addition to entries about the Little People, there are also entries on certain folkloric motifs, such as Shapeshifting and Captives in Fairyland, and on prominent collectors of tales and writers upon the subject.

As well as the usual index and bibliography, the book also has an Index of Types and Motifs, by which folklore tales have been categorised, thus making it easy to compare similarities between stories which sometimes span the length of the land. This is also facilitated by the entries being cross-referenced within the text (rather like a hyper-text webpage).

Although not a book that I would read from cover-to-cover, it's fun to dip into: often, having gone to look up a particular entry, I find that I've lost half an hour or so flitting from topic to another.

There are also line illustrations throughout, and a set of monochrome plates showing classic depictions of fairies, elves, goblins, et al.

In summary, an excellent and engaging reference work. ( )
2 vote Michael.Rimmer | Mar 30, 2013 |
An excellent resource for all things fairy ( )
  BrendanCarroll | Mar 1, 2010 |
Helpful with identifying & creating your own wildest dreams, if you're a fantasy buff or a writer. ( )
  missmaddie | Dec 28, 2008 |
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"Dr. Briggs brings to her subject both a formidable background in folk scholarship and a lively pen. This absorbing, sensitive, and well-written book will be a valuable single-volume reference work in the study of folklore, mythology, and literature. Even for the general reader-browser, it is a treasure as sprightly and appealing as the fairies themselves."
adicionado por lquilter | editarSouthern Folklore Quarterly
 
"Dr. Briggs brings to her subject both a formidable background in folk scholarship and a lively pen. This absorbing, sensitive, and well-written book will be a valuable single-volume reference work in the study of folklore, mythology, and literature. Even for the general reader-browser, it is a treasure as sprightly and appealing as the fairies themselves."
adicionado por lquilter | editarSouthern Folklore Quarterly
 
"What Briggs has done is to recover fairies from the nursery (and to a degree from formal literature and painting as well) and restore to them their diversity, complexity, and astonishingly subtle relationship with mortal men and women.... These stories are designed to awaken consciousness."
adicionado por lquilter | editarNewsweek, Peter S. Prescott
 
"An Encyclopedia offers a supernatural host of legends, ballads, folk tales -- and more than enough hobgoblins and dragons to fill minds little or large. The entries are informative and scholarly without being stuffy. A good thing, too. Fairies like to play tricks on the serious."
adicionado por lquilter | editarTime Magazine
 
"If myths are both the food and fruit of the imagination, then Katharine Briggs has prepared a banquet.... There seems to be no end to the information in this enchanted almanac."
adicionado por lquilter | editarNew York Times Book Review
 

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