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Author Topic: Land Spirits/the Fair Folk questions  (Read 11050 times)
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« Reply #17: October 13, 2010, 03:33:52 pm »


Froud's a terrific artist, but don't use him as anything like a source.  The text of his earlier book Faeries was near-plagiarized from Katharine Briggs.  Briggs IS a good source -- her scholarship is foundational to the study of fairy lore.  The most useful of her works are The Encyclopedia of Fairies and The Fairies in Tradition and Literature.  I also recommend Carole Silver's Strange and Secret Peoples, which provides an absolutely necessary context for a lot of fairy lore studies; most fairy folklore was collected in the Victorian era, and to make sense of it, one needs to understand something about Victorian attitudes toward gender, class, and race.
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