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Across the world acclaimed as one in every of Britain's Most worthy folklore students, Katharine Briggs(1898-1980) was once additionally the most renowned authors within the box. those "Selected Works supply facsimile versions of her landmark writings, spanning the full of her publishing occupation, from 1959 to 1980. she attracts upon folklore, oral background, and scholarly examine to demonstrate the extreme variety of "others" as soon as believed to dwell in conjunction with people, notwithstanding often invisible. As in lots of issues, various cultures around the world held amazingly comparable ideals approximately this subject, thought of relatively esoteric this present day. This choice of stories and traditions is attention-grabbing, yet even perhaps extra useful is the appendix to The Vanishing humans, within which she encompasses a word list of the kinds of fairies (woodwives, water horses, and their like), an index of story varieties (visits to fairyland, changelings, etc.), and an index of motifs (taboo, transformation, and magical components, for instance.) fascinating examining and a very good reference.

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