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The Vanishing People: Fairy Lore and Legends Hardcover – November, 1978

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon Books; 1st American ed edition (November 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394502485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394502489
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Brian E. Erland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Katherine Briggs' 'The Vanishing People' is an enchanting volume of legend and fairy lore dealing with one of my favorite topics, "the little people."

This 218 page excursion into the Secret Commonweath covers such topics as;

1) Types of Fairies; brownies, hobgoblins, pixies, trooping fairies, house fairies, fairy midwives and changelings.

2) Topical Issues: Fairy beliefs and origins, supernatural passage of time in fairyland, fairy dealings with mortals, fairy morality and fairy sports.

Published in '78 and long OOP it's a hard book to find, but it's a good one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Linda Pagliuco VINE VOICE on August 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"The fairy people in the British Isles, not to say all over the world, vary so much in character, size, appearance and powers, that it is not surprising to find that they inhabit all kinds of places on land and water, under the earth and above it". So writes Katherine Briggs in a chapter introduction, and in this exhaustive study, she draws upon folklore, oral history, and scholarly research to illustrate the extraordinary range of "others" once believed to live along side humans, though usually invisible. As in many things, different cultures all over the world held amazingly similar beliefs about this topic, considered rather esoteric today. This collection of tales and traditions is fascinating, but perhaps even more valuable is the appendix to The Vanishing People, in which she includes a glossary of the types of fairies (woodwives, water horses, and their like), an index of tale types (visits to fairyland, changelings, etc.), and an index of motifs (taboo, transformation, and magical substances, for instance.) Interesting reading and a great reference as well.
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