Thoms and the Unachieved “Folk-Lore of England”

@article{Roper2007ThomsAT,
  title={Thoms and the Unachieved “Folk-Lore of England”},
  author={J. Roper},
  journal={Folklore},
  year={2007},
  volume={118},
  pages={203 - 216}
}
Early in 1850, an advertisement appeared at the back of issue 19 of Notes and Queries, beginning with the following words: "Preparing for immediate publication, in 2 vols. small 8vo. THE FOLK-LORE OF ENGLAND. By William J. Thorns, F.S.A. ..." (Figure 1). A book on English folklore by the founder of folklore might well be imagined as destined to be a key work in the history of folklore studies; but no such work was ever to appear, and the set of advertisements heralding the work seem to have sat… Expand
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