Fall 1950 • Vol. XII No. 4 Book ReviewsOctober 1, 1950 |

Dissent on a Dictionary

Funk and Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology and Legend. Vol. I: A-I edited by Maria Leach. Funk and Wagnalls. $7.50 I say "dissent"―not yet, three months after publication, having seen a single review, assenting or otherwise―because such a book can hardly fail to impress. The sum of twelve years of research, it appears to be a monument of industry, scholarship, and love, a production by American folklorists finally to rival the giant compendiums of their European fellows. This initial volume, covering the first nine letters of the alphabet in 531 double-column quarto pages, includes more than three thousand entries and forty long encyclopaedia articles, written by twenty- eight prominent specialists. It is, or seems to be, a mine of reliable information as a reference book, and a grab-bag of delights for anyone reading or just skimming it: here are a Russian household spirit who lives in the toilet bowl, a Hindu deity worshipped by barren women and wrestlers

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