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West Country Folklore, Friends & Fiction

by Angela Blaen, Tom Blaen & Anna Blaen

This book analyses major areas of folklore found in the writings of six West Country authors: Eden Phillpotts, Thomas Hardy, John Cowper Powys, T. F. Powys, Arthur Quiller-Couch and Henry Williamson. While Hardy is undoubtedly the most famous West Country writer to incorporate rural folklore into his stories he was not alone and can be seen as one of a group of writers all living in South West England, who drew inspiration from the landscape, its people, their stories and culture, and who counted each other as friends. While the vibrant earthy rural culture these writers drew on for their works is now largely ruined, their literary stories still provide insight into that world, since their depictions of West Country folklore remain vividly preserved in their stories. While they were all successful writers in their own time, this group also considered themselves as folklorists, recording and documenting for posterity the ebbing rural world around them in their literary art. Aside from Hardy, most of these authors have been sadly neglected and as a consequence their record of South West English culture and custom has been forgotten, a situation this book rectifies.

Specification: 255 pp., 15 x 23 cm.

ISBN: 978-0-9566119-6-3
£25.00 (inc. p&p)


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