K. M. Briggs

Katherine Mary Briggs was born in north London in 1898, the eldest of three daughters. She was educated at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, obtaining her MA in 1926. In the years that followed she wrote and produced many plays, alongside studying towards her PhD which she completed with a thesis in folklore in seventeenth century literature. Briggs went on to write various books on fairies and folklore, including the definitive four-volume Dictionary of British Folk-Tales. Her children's books include Hobberdy Dick and Kate Crackernuts. She was awarded the Doctorate in Literature in 1969 and spent the latter part of her life working for the Folklore Society, which named an award in her honor. Briggs died in 1980.

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