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From folk mythology and classical theater to contemporary film and dance, the mischievous and playful faery has fascinated mankind for thousands of years. These intriguing and ethereal creatures, with the myths and legends that surround them, have never ceased to inspire artists and illustrators.

From Puck to Peter Pan, children and adults alike have never really stopped believing in faeries. The earliest religions and superstitions had their spirits and hobgoblins, symbolizing ...

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Overview

From folk mythology and classical theater to contemporary film and dance, the mischievous and playful faery has fascinated mankind for thousands of years. These intriguing and ethereal creatures, with the myths and legends that surround them, have never ceased to inspire artists and illustrators.

From Puck to Peter Pan, children and adults alike have never really stopped believing in faeries. The earliest religions and superstitions had their spirits and hobgoblins, symbolizing the forces of nature or watching over human infidelities. Although based on earlier myths and traditions, Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dreamwas a huge influence on the fantasies of generations of artists. Highly fashionable in the eighteenth century, faery paintings were a foil for discreet eroticism in a time of prudity, and captured the spirit of national pride in their portrayal of an idealized English landscape. With the invention of photographic techniques came the opportunity to create realistic 'spirit' photographs and elaborate hoaxes, which captivated many respected figures.

Accomanying the wide selection of bewitching paintings and engravings, Beatrice Phillpotts follows the image and influences of faeries, from ancient mythology, through Shakespeare and Victorian art, to modern manifestations of faery stories.

Accompanied by a gallery of bewitching paintings and engravings, this biography of fairies, spirits, hobgoblins, and other ethereal creatures traces their origins and influences -- from the earliest religions and most ancient mythology through Shakespeare, Victorian art, modern manifestations, and elaborate hoaxes. 9 1/4" x 12 1/4".

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  • ISBN-13: 9780760718902
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/15/1999
  • Pages: 95

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2000

    WHAT A JOKE THIS BOOK IS!

    Upon picking up this book, I realized what a mistake it has been. As far as the informations about faery is concerned, beside the fact that its writing is boring, the information is not quite thorough. And with the illustrations of faery, it shows that this book has suffered the influence of the Western culture. These Westernized illustrations portray faery as if they were in Victorian period with big dresses, crowns, wings, wand, and so on. In comparision, you might want to check out the Faery series by Brian Froud. Not only the details are great, the illustrations take a much more naturalistic approach.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2000

    A must have for faery enthusiasts! Absolutely Beautiful!

    I accidently stumbled upon this book in a Barnes and Noble store, displayed with Brian Froud's 'Good Faeries/Bad Faeries' masterpiece. This is an absolutely beautiful compilation of fae art and artists. The text is informative and enjoyable. If you enjoy Froud, Rackham, Barker and Tarrant -- you must have this for your library collection!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 1999

    Extraordinary Book, Beautiful Illustrations

    I recieved this book as a gift from a friend and upon reading it, I became addicted. The artwork is beautiful and each bit of faery history is fascinating. You will fall in love with this book just like I did, and it is a wonderful gift at it's price.

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