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Ask the Fellows Who Cut the Hay

George Ewart Evans

A beautiful new edition of a classic book about English rural life.

5 in stock

£8.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571340545
Date Published
05.04.2018
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Summary

Ask the Fellows Who Cut the Hay is a vivid portrait of the rural past of Blaxhall, a remote Suffolk village, in the time before mechanization changed the entire nature of farming, the landscape and rural life for good. In the 1950s, George Ewart Evans sought out those who could recall the nineteenth-century customs, crafts, dialects, tools, smugglers’ tales and rural beliefs which had endured from the time of Chaucer, and created this fascinating picture of a now vanished world.

Critic Reviews

Astonishing . . . Places Ewart Evans alongside Cecil Sharp as a founding father of the folklorist movement.

Caught by the River
Critic Reviews

Original, arresting and always human . . . The book is a mine of information, but this is offered so unpretentiously that it reads as easily as a quiet book of memoirs.

Economist
Critic Reviews

Our wisest and most knowledgeable English folklorist.

Robert Graves
George EwartEvans

Born in the mining town of Abercynon, South Wales, George Ewart Evans (1909-88) was a pioneering oral historian. In 1948 he settled with his family in Blaxhall, Suffolk, and through conversing with his neighbours he developed an interest in their dialect and the aspects of rural life which they described. Many were agricultural labourers, born before the turn of the…

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