Whether called "the good people," "the little people," or simply "them," fairies are familiar from their appearances in Shakespeare's plays, Disney's films, and points in between. In many cultures, however, fairies are not just the stuff of distant legend or literature: they are real creatures with supernatural powers. The Good People presents nineteen essays that focus on the actual fairies of folklore -- fairies of past and living traditions who affected, and still affect, people's lives in myriad ways.
"A book certain to become a classic reference work." -- Australian Folklore
"An extraordinary study of the 'little people' by an impressive assembly of eminent scholars.... Overall, the work features the best current thought on fairylore." -- Come-All-Ye
"A notable step forward in the international study of fairylore." -- Folklore
"A useful and important collection.... It leaves one with a provocative folkloristic perspective on fairylore." -- Journal of American Folklore