Sunday, February 10, 2013

Fairies and Victorian Consciousness

I ordered the book "Strange and Secret Peoples: Fairies and Victorian Consciousness" by Carole G. Silver through Summit. This book has been very helpful in pinpointing who has historically been the most outspoken about their belief in fairies or "little folk".

"By the 1880s such leading folklorist as Sabine Baring-Gould, Andrew Lang, Joseph Jacobs, and Sir John Rhys were examining oral testimony on the nature and the customs of the "little folk" and the historical and archaeological remains left by them." (pp. 33)

At the beginning of the 20th century, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and William Butler Yeats were among the many esteemed writers who believed in fairies and wrote about their findings (although Yeats is considered more of an "occultist" or "mystical" folklorist.)

This book seems like a goldmine and I will update soon with more findings!

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