Opie, Peter Mason


Opie, Peter Mason
(1918-1982)
   Apart from a brief army career in his early twenties, Peter Opie's life was devoted to collecting and studying folklore, especially children's lore, on which he and his wofe Iona became world-famous authorities. Using both library research and fieldwork, and drawing on information from many correspondents, they assembled materials from which were built a series of scholarly and elegantly written books, which are recognized as essential reference works in their respective fields: The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (1951), The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren (1959), Children's Games in Street and Playground (1969), The Classic Fairy Tales (1974), and the posthumously published The Singing Game (1985) and Children's Games with Things (1997). The card-indexes kept by Peter and Iona also formed the basis for the latter's Dictionary of Superstitutions (1989, with Moira Tatem).
   Peter and Iona's work began at a time when folklore studies in England were at a low ebb, and made a startling impact, both in its meticulous pursuit of historical accuracy and its painstaking recording of contemporary material from children of school age. Never had the systematic gathering of material on such a large scale been attempted in England, and the results were an impressive testimony to the vigour and constant development of tradition. Their use of printed sources was also exemplary in its precision.
   Peter Opie was President of the Anthropology Section of the British Association for 1962-3, and President of the Folklore Society for 1963-4. Poor health, however, forced him to husband his strength; he lectured rarely, and concentrated on research, writing, and his superb collection of early children's books and toys, part of which is now in the Bodleian in Oxford.

A Dictionary of English folklore. . 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Peter and Iona Opie — Peter Mason Opie (1918 ndash; 1982) and Iona Archibald Opie (born Iona Archibald, 1923 ) were a husband and wife team of folklorists, who applied modern techniques to children s literature, summarized in their studies, The Oxford Dictionary of… …   Wikipedia

  • Iona and Peter Opie — Iona Archibald Opie (born Iona Archibald, 1923) and Peter Mason Opie (1918–1982) were a husband and wife team of folklorists, who applied modern techniques to children s literature, summarized in their studies, The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery… …   Wikipedia

  • Iona et Peter Opie — Iona Archibald Opie (née Iona Archibald, 1923 ) et Peter Mason Opie (1918 – 1982) sont un couple de folkloriste britanniques spécialisés dans la littérature jeunesse. Ils commencèrent leurs recherches en 1944, le recueil de chansons enfantines… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Aiken Drum — is a popular Scottish folk song.: There was a man lived in the moon, lived in the moon, lived in the moon, there was a man lived in the moon and his name was Aiken Drum ... In the song Aiken Drum is a man who played his music upon a ladle and… …   Wikipedia

  • 1951 in poetry — yearbox2 in?=in poetry in2?=in literature cp=19th century c=20th century cf=21st century yp1=1948 yp2=1949 yp3=1950 year=1951 ya1=1952 ya2=1953 ya3=1954 dp3=1920s dp2=1930s dp1=1940s d=1950s da=1960s dn1=1960s dn2=1970s dn3=1980s|Events* Poet Cid …   Wikipedia

  • Septimus Winner — (11 May 1827 22 November 1902) is best known as a songwriter of the nineteenth century. He used his own name, and also the pseudonyms Alice Hawthorne, Percy Guyer, Mark Mason, Apsley Street, and Paul Stenton. He was also a teacher, performer, and …   Wikipedia

  • Opera North: history and repertoire, seasons 1990–91 to 1996–97 — Opera North is an opera company based at The Grand Theatre, Leeds. This article covers the period when the company s Music Director was Paul Daniel. Contents 1 History 2 Repertoire 3 Source 4 References …   Wikipedia

  • List of stage names — This list of stage names lists performers alphabetically according to surname (assumed or genuine) and their nickname. Individuals who have dropped their last name and substituted their middle name as their last name are listed. Also listed are… …   Wikipedia

  • Original Stories from Real Life — Title page from the first edition of Original Stories (1788) Original Stories from Real Life; with Conversations Calculated to Regulate the Affections, and Form the Mind to Truth and Goodness …   Wikipedia

  • Original Stories from Real Life — Marie et Caroline, ou Entretiens d une institutrice avec ses élèves …   Wikipédia en Français