The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren cover
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Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
August 31, 2000
Pages:
488
ISBN:
9780940322691
Series:
NYRB Classics
Categories:
Essays & Criticism, History

First published in 1959, Iona and Peter Opie’s The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren is a pathbreaking work of scholarship that is also a splendid and enduring work of literature. Going outside the nursery, with its assortment of parent-approved entertainments, to observe and investigate the day-to-day creative intelligence and activities of children, the Opies bring to life the rites and rhymes, jokes and jeers, laws, games, and secret spells of what has been called “the greatest of savage tribes, and the only one which shows no signs of dying out.”

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As well as being a valuable social study, it is one of the most exhilarating anthologies of our day.
The Times Literary Supplement

Assiduous folklorists, they [the Opies] have been the Brothers Grimm of our times; and their studies have always been enlivened by a characteristic mixture of childish curiosity and academic rigor, humor and seriousness.
Sunday Financial Times

This comprehensive work of wit, charm, and sound scholarship…
The New York Times