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Folk Tales of Britain: Narratives (original 1970; edition 2011)

by Katharine M. Briggs (Author), Hannah Firmin (Illustrator), Peter Firmin (Illustrator), Clare Melinsky (Illustrator)

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Title:Folk Tales of Britain: Narratives
Authors:Katharine M. Briggs (Author)
Other authors:Hannah Firmin (Illustrator), Peter Firmin (Illustrator), Clare Melinsky (Illustrator)
Info:Folio Society (2011). 3 volumes. Bound in cloth, blocked with individual designs by Hannah Firmin. 3 colour frontispieces and 84 black & white illustrations - volume I illustrated by Hannah Firmin, volume II by Peter Firmin and volume III by Clare Melinsky. Set in Miller, 1,402 pages. Size: 9½" x 6¼".
Collections:Your library, Myths, Legends & Folklore, Folio Society books
Tags:folklore, collection, british folklore, myths & legends, folio society, boxed set, reference, mythography, lutins

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Folk Tales of Britain: Narratives by Katharine M. Briggs (1970)



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Folklore, Folio Society, Multi-volume Set ( )
  Victrix20 | Jan 20, 2013 |
This is a big, big book. Big in volume. Big in price. But big in value, too.

For some reason, the study of British folk tales was slow to catch on. Charles Perrault in France and the Grimms in Germany came long before Joseph Jacobs compiled the first serious collection of English folktales. This lack meant that there was never a collection as substantial as that of the Grimms. Katherine Briggs changed that. She gathered up just about everything in this multi-volume work, organizing the tales into categories and then arranging them by title within the categories.

That by itself would have been important enough, but she also classified them by motifs (based on the Aarne-Thompson motif set) and indexed them on this basis. And she listed parallel versions, allowing the user of the dictionary to find the materials not included in the book.

The result is one of the greatest references on folklore in the English language. If the works of Stith Thompson are the first thing anyone should acquire (and they probably are), this book has a very strong claim to be second. You'll quickly learn to work around the few minor defects it has. ( )
  waltzmn | Aug 17, 2012 |
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Introduction -- The scope of the collection -- The tales included in this dictionary are not translated tales -- except for the few translated from the medieval Latin, which must originally have been told in Middle English.
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