The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren
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Lore and Language of Schoolchildren by Iona Opie
Book DescriptionFirst published in 1959, Iona and Peter Opie's The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren is a pathbreaking work of scholarship that is also a splendid and enduring work of literature. Going outside the nursery, with its assortment of parent-approved entertainments, to observe and investigate the day-to-day creative intelligence and activities of children, the Opies bring to life the rites and rhymes, jokes and jeers, laws, games, and secret spells of what has been called "the greatest of savage tribes, and the only one which shows no signs of dying out."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780940322691
(205mm x 125mm x 30mm)
Imprint: NYRB Classics
Publisher: The New York Review of Books, Inc
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Iona Opie
Children's Games in Street and Playground, Paperback (September 2013)
A magnificent survey of over 40 games played by children, largely out of sight of adults, in the 1960s, in the street, playground and wasteland.
I Saw Esau, Hardback (November 2012)
Collected in this invaluable book are the wit and wisdom of generations of schoolchildren--more than 170 selections ranging from insults and riddles to jeers and jump-rope rhymes.
Mother Goose's Little Treasures, Hardback (August 2007)» View all books by Iona Opie
Beloved Mother Goose folklorist Iona Opie reunites with award-winning illustrator Rosemary Wells for this rare selection of little-known nursery rhymes made new again. Full color.
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Author Biography - Iona Opie
Iona (born 1923) and Peter Opie (1918-1982) began their research together in 1944. Fifteen years later, they published The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren and took their places as, to quote The Guardian, "the supreme archivists of the folklore movement." Since that time, they have jointly published The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, The Classic Fairy Tales, and Children's Game in Street and Playground. Since Peter Opie's death in 1982, Iona Opie has carried on with their work under his name as well as her own. Marina Warner is a writer of fiction, criticism, and history. Her award-winning studies of mythology and fairy tales include Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary, From the Beast to the Blonde, and No Go the Bogeyman. In 2006 she published Phantasmagoria: Spirit Visions, Metaphors, and Media, a study of ghosts, phantasms, and technology. Her most recent work of fiction is the novel The Leto Bundle. A Fellow of the British Academy, she is also Professor of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex.
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