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Joseph Jacobs

(1854—1916) historian and folklorist

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Folk-Lore Journal

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The journal published by the Folk-Lore Society from 1883 to 1889 (seven volumes altogether), replacing Folk-Lore Record and in turn replaced by Folk-Lore.

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Grail, Holy

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In medieval romances, a vessel possessing spiritual powers and affording, under certain conditions, mystical benefits to its beholders. It is sometimes identified with the cup used by...

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Howard Pyle

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(1853–1911) American children's writer and illustrator

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood of Great Renown in Nottinghamshire (1883) Children's FictionMen of Iron (1892) Children's...

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Jack and the Beanstalk

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Film version, a 1952 adaptation of the folk tale directed by Jean Yarbrough and starring the comedy team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. Beyond the requisite Hollywood love story ...

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Jack the Giant-Killer

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This title has been given to a compilation of tales describing the fantastic exploits of a boy hero. Earliest chapbook versions date from the 18th century, but single motifs can ...

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Katharine Briggs

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(1898–1980), British folklorist and novelist, born in London. Among the first women granted degrees at Oxford, Briggs took a BA in 17th-century literature in 1922, later adding an MA and ...

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Semerwater, Simmerwater

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A lake called Semer or Simmer Water near Askrigg (North Yorkshire) is said to cover the site of a lost village, submerged as a judgement on the wickedness of the inhabitants, according to a...

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Virginia Haviland

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(1911–1988), American librarian and author who founded the Children's Literature Center at the Library of Congress. Haviland began her career in children's services at the Boston Public...

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Yallery Brown

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This Lincolnshire tale is a sinister variation on the brownie theme. The man who told it, a farm labourer, claimed that it had happened to himself in his youth. One day, he had freed a...

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