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William John Thoms

(1803—1885) antiquary

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Bevis of Hampton

Bevis of Hampton  

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A popular verse romance from the late 13th or early 14th cent. in 4,620 lines, based on a 12th‐cent. Anglo‐Norman chanson de geste entitled Beuves de Hanstone.
folklore

folklore  

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The traditional beliefs, legends, and customs current among the common people; and the study of them. The term was first introduced by W. J. Thoms in the Athenaeum (1846).
Folklore Society

Folklore Society  

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The Folk-Lore Society was founded in January 1878 (it kept the hyphen till 1968), and was thus the first society in the world devoted to the subject. There had been protracted correspondence in N&Q ...
Francis Douce

Francis Douce  

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(1757–1834)Antiquary and book‐collector. Although his Illustrations of Shakespeare (1807) was a pioneering collection of contemporary material, his most lasting achievement was his personal ...
Notes and Queries

Notes and Queries  

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A periodical founded in 1849 by Thoms, designed to furnish a means for the interchange of thought and information among those engaged in literature, art, and science. Its motto was (until 1923) ...
Thoms, William John

Thoms, William John   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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2006
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Literature, Children's literature studies
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(1803–1885), British antiquary and author of children's versions of old chapbook stories. Written under the pseudonym Ambrose Merton,

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