100 Fairy Books That You Should Read Before You Die | Non-Fiction 11-30

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Books 11-30 are in alphabetical order


11) Ashliman, D.L. Fairy Lore: A Handbook (London: Greenwood Press 2006)

Pages: 229

Status: Common (10 dollars used)

Description: The contents say it all – ‘Introduction’; ‘Definitions and Classifications’; ‘Examples and Texts’, ‘Scholarship and Beliefs’; and ‘Contexts’. A little-cited but indispensable book

Off-site review: Good Reads http://www.ebook3000.com/Fairy-Lore–A-Handbook_108484.html


12) Bakeley, Reginald Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop And Other Practical Advice In Our Campaign Against the Fairy Kingdom (San Francisco: Conari 2013)

Pages: 185

Status: Common (10 dollars?)

Description: You shouldn’t really make fun of the fairies, but if you do… Hilarious description of how to fight fairy incursions.

Off-site reviews: The Guardian


13) Behringer, Wolfang Shaman of Oberstdorf: Chonrad Stoeckhlin and the Phantoms of the Night (Virginia: University of Virginia Press, 1998)

Pages: 200

Status: Very common (5 dollars second-hand?)

Description: The life and death of a fairy-witch from the Alps with fascinating references to fairy belief and ‘bone miracles’.

Off-site reviews: Magonia 

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14) Briggs, Katharine The Fairies in Tradition and Literature (London: Routledge 2011) [first printed 1967]

Pages: 324

Status: Common (10 dollars used?)

Description: the first two thirds deal with traditions overlapping substantially with The Vanishing People by the same author. The last third is a useful overview of the fairy in literature.

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15) Briggs, Katharine Dictionary of Fairies (London: Viking 1976) [published in the US as An Encylopedia of Fairies, Hobgoblins, Brownies, Bogies and Other Supernatural Creatures]

Pages: 450

Status: Rare (25 dollars second-hand?)

Description: The single best reference work for fairies.

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16) Briggs, Katherine The Anatomy of Puck: An Examination of Fairy Beliefs among Shakespeare’s Contemporaries and Successors (London, Routledge and Kegan Paul 1959).

Pages: 284

Status: Quite Common (25 dollars used?)

Desciption: The most academic of Briggs’ fairy works (or read on scribd)

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17) Cooper, Joe The Case of the Cottingley Fairies (London, Robert Hale Limited 1990)

Pages: 240

Status: Common (5 dollars second-hand?)

Description: The man who solved the mystery of the Cottingley Fairies: from believer to reluctant disbeliever.

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18) Edwards, Gillian Hobgoblin and Sweet Puck: Fairy Names & Natures (Altrincham Geoffrey Bles 1974)

Pages: 229

Status: Very common (5 dollars second hand)

Description: The only etymological guide to fairies available. Limited to forays into the Oxford English Dictionary but still extremely useful.

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19) Froud, Brian and Alan Lee Faeries (New York, Abrams 2009)

Pages: c. 300 (unnumbered!)

Status: Common (10 dollars second-hand?)

Description: The most famous modern fairy art collection, now updated.

Off-site review: Good Reads

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20) Gaffin, Dennis Running with the Fairies: Towards a Transpersonal Anthropology of Religion (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars 2012)

Pages: 290

Status: Rare (50 dollars?)

Description: An American anthrolopogist travels to Ireland to meet a fairy circle, who believe themselves reincarnations of fairies past.

Off-site Review: Strange History http://www.strangehistory.net/2013/01/28/review-running-with-the-fairies/


21) Hartland, Edwin Sidney The Science Of Fairy Tales An Inquiry Into Fairy Mythology (London: Walter Scott Publishing, 1890)

Page: 372

Status: Free online at Archive, http://archive.org/details/scienceoffairyta012199mbp

Description: Perhaps the single most sophisticated Victorian survey of fairylore.

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22) Henderson, Lizanne and Edward J. Cowan Scottish Fairy Belief (East Linton: Tuckwell Press, 2001)

Pages: 242

Status: Common (10 dollars second-hand?)

Description: Best guide to Scottish fairies, highland and lowland, with wider applications.

Off-site Review: Scottish Tradition (pdf safe file)

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23) Clark, J. Kent Goodwin Wharton (London, Sphere Books 1989) [first published 1984]

Pages: 390

Status: Very Common (5 dollars second hand)

Description: A hilarious but completely factual look at the relationship between a seventeenth-century English aristocrat, a swindler (Mary Parish) and the fairies, all based on his diary.

Off-site review: Strange History

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24) Lecouteux, Claude Witches, Werewolves and Fairies: Shapeshifters and Astral Doubles in the Middle Ages (Rochester: Inner Traditions, 2003)

Pages: 200

Status: Common (10 dollars second-hand?)

Description: The author explains witch, werewolf and fairy beliefs to the idea of soul travel, which, he suggests survived into the Middle Ages and beyond.

Off-site Reviews: Herbal Witchcraft 

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25) Narváez, Peter (ed) The Good People: New Fairylore Essays (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press 1991)

Pages: 530

Status: Quite Common (20 dollars used)

Description: A score of fairy essays by different experts in the field: nothing else like this book…

26) Silver, Carole Strange and Secret Peoples: Fairies and Victorian Consciousness (Oxford: Oxford University Press 1999)

Pages: 250

Status: Quite common (15 dollars used?

Description: the best overview of fairies in the Victorian period with an undeniable bias though towards literature.

Off-site Reviews: New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/12/06/reviews/981206.06kincait.html

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27) Tame, David Real Fairies: True Accounts of Meetings with Nature Spirits (Chievely: Capall Bann 1999)

Pages: 131

Status: Very common (5 dollars second-hand?)

Description: Useful collection of eye-witness accounts from throughout history.

Off-site Review:  Terrain Walker

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28) Yeats, W.B. Writings on Irish Folklore, Legend and Myth (London: Penguin, 1993)

Pages: 450

Status: Common (5 dollars second-hand?)

Description: Though restricted to Ireland and Scotland Yeats’ essays have larger applications.

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29) Waldron, David and Christopher Reeve, Shock! The Black Dog of Bungay: A Case Study in Local Folklore (Milton Keynes: Hidden Publishing 2010)

Pages: 142

Status: Common (10 dollars second hand?)

Description: A fascinating analysis of the most famous ‘black dog’ story of them all, Bungay 1577, with a history not just of the dog’s rampage but its afterlife in folklore and identity.

Off-site review: Fortean Times 

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30) Walsh, Brian The Secret Commonwealth and the Fairy Belief Complex (Xlibris 2002)

Pages: 212

Status: Quite Common (15 dollars second-hand?)

Description: The best edition and the best discussion of Kirk’s Secret Commonwealth: note all Kirk’s text is here; don’t waste money on other books.

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