At the Bottom of the Garden: A Dark History of Fairies, Hobgoblins, Nymphs, and Other Troublesome Things

At the Bottom of the Garden: A Dark History of Fairies, Hobgoblins, Nymphs, and Other Troublesome Things

by Diane Purkiss, Michael Thurston

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$65.00

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814766835
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 01/01/2001
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.29(d)

About the Author

Author of The Witch in History , Diane Purkiss was formerly Professor of English at Exeter University and is now Fellow and Tutor at Keble College, Oxford.

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“Fascinating. . . . Rigorously researched. . . . Highly recommended.”
-Choice(Nov. 2001)

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At the Bottom of the Garden is brilliant, always on the move, and bone-chilling. There's nothing cutesy about this highly suggestive, provocative scholarship; the creatures animating this book are about as cuddly as scorpions, wee rattlers, and black-widow spiders. Purkiss has written a witty and compelling work that will fascinate readers and haunt our imaginations.”
-James Kincaid,University of Southern California, author of Erotic Innocence

“. . . a scholarly overview of the role that fairies have played in culture from the past to the present.”
-Publishers Weekly

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“Enchanting . . . witty . . . full of surprises and delights.”
-The Times

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“Illuminating and enormous fun.”
-Spectator

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At the Bottom of the Garden: A Dark History of Fairies, Hobgoblins, Nymphs, and Other Troublesome Things 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Ancientgirl on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book is fascinating. Don't know how accurate it is (I definitely have misgivings about the classical portions) but the chapters on the Victorian era are great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best of it's kind that I have read. There was so much information and it was exciting to read.