Fairies done right

Considering that I study fairies for my PhD, I read fantasy novels, and even write fantasy novels about fairies, it should come as no surprise that I’ve begun compiling a list of novels that “do fairies right”. That is, none of this Victorian, butterfly-winged Tinkerbell nonsense. I’ve thrown in a couple of medieval texts (with translation) to demonstrate how these modern (20th and 21st century) texts stay true to the spirit and form of romance.

  1. Anderson, Poul. Three Hearts and Three Lions. (1961)
  2. Beagle, Peter S. The Last Unicorn. (1968)
  3. Burgess, Glyn S. and Keith Busby, trans. The Lais of Marie de France. (Late 12th c.)
  4. Clarke, Susanna. The Ladies of Grace Adieu, and other stories. (2006)
  5. Colum, Padraic. The King of Ireland’s Son. (1916)
  6. Dunsay, Lord. The King of Elfland’s Daughter. (1924)
  7. Gaiman, Neil. Stardust. (1998)
  8. Marillier, Juliet. Wildwood Dancing. (2006)
  9. Pope, Elizabeth Marie. The Perilous Gard. (1971)
  10. Troyes, Chrétien de. The Knight with the Lion (Yvain). (Late 12th c.)
  11. Warner, Silvia Townsend. Kingdoms of Elfin. (1977)

This is, of course, a work in progress…