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Old June 18th, 2015, 06:33 PM   #1
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The Triumph of the Dilettantes: Top Ten Fairy Books
Blog put together by some fellow named Beach.
The remark about Jack The Ripper Studies caught my eye.
What do you think ?

Beach has spent this summer putting together a bibliography of fairy texts. And while doing so he found himself wondering ‘what are the best of these hundreds of titles?’ The question has, in fact, been building up in him and after some reflection he has jotted down here ten books that offer the most entertaining and the most thorough fey education.

Looking over the list there is one other thing that has struck him and that he throws out there for what it is worth. Of the ten great books included below only two are by academics: and of these Diane Purkiss is atypical.

Beach can’t think of any other area of history – except perhaps Jack the Ripper Studies… – where ‘the professionals’ have been so convincingly kicked into second place. Those lecturers and professors who have dedicated themselves to fairies have either not been very good or have not had the staying power.


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Old June 18th, 2015, 07:35 PM   #2
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The Triumph of the Dilettantes: Top Ten Fairy Books
Blog put together by some fellow named Beach.
The remark about Jack The Ripper Studies caught my eye.
What do you think ?

Beach has spent this summer putting together a bibliography of fairy texts. And while doing so he found himself wondering ‘what are the best of these hundreds of titles?’ The question has, in fact, been building up in him and after some reflection he has jotted down here ten books that offer the most entertaining and the most thorough fey education.

Looking over the list there is one other thing that has struck him and that he throws out there for what it is worth. Of the ten great books included below only two are by academics: and of these Diane Purkiss is atypical.

Beach can’t think of any other area of history – except perhaps Jack the Ripper Studies… – where ‘the professionals’ have been so convincingly kicked into second place. Those lecturers and professors who have dedicated themselves to fairies have either not been very good or have not had the staying power.


http://www.strangehistory.net/2012/0...n-fairy-books/
I think the contribution of academic historians to Ripperology has been minimal. (Obviously Philip Sugden made a huge contribution, but he never held an academic post.)
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Old June 18th, 2015, 08:05 PM   #3
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I think the contribution of academic historians to Ripperology has been minimal. (Obviously Philip Sugden made a huge contribution, but he never held an academic post.)
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Chris...thanks for that...I agree, for what its worth.
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