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review 2015-01-16 17:10
A nice sampler of London esoterica
Lost London: An A-Z of Forgotten Landmarks and Lost Traditions - Richard Guard

I enjoyed this and marked quite a few helpful tidbits, though perhaps some intense googling would have given up the same. A physical book of lost places, events, and buildings of London in one nifty format is more enjoyable and probably faster research.

 

This has perhaps a page to 4 devoted to each lost item, so it's not in-depth. It also ranges (haphazardly?) from Roman to Victorian to the 20th c, like mentioning a structure with events occurring in the 1950's. Since I'm biased to looking for Victorian period structures and events, that's a bit jarring, but the anecdotes do inform and entertain. Each entry is accompanied by an illustration.

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text 2014-12-28 03:04
Looking forward to this one!
The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales (Penguin Classics) - Franz Xaver von Schonwerth,Erika Eichenseer,Engelbert Suss,Maria Tatar

I love rediscovered/lost stuff. :D The Guardian article about it is here:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/dec/26/fairytale-ending-forgotten-folklorist-schonwerth

 

"Once upon a time … the fairytales you thought you knew had endings you wouldn’t recognise. A new collection of German folk stories has Hansel and Gretel getting married after an erotic encounter with a dwarf, an enchanted frog being kissed not by a damsel in distress but by a young man, and Cinderella using her golden slippers to recover her lover from beyond the moon.

The stash of stories compiled by the 19th-century folklorist Franz Xaver von Schönwerth – recently rediscovered in an archive in Regensburg and now to be published in English for the first time this spring – challenges preconceptions about many of the most commonly known fairytales."

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