‘Her Room Was Her World’: Nellie Sloggett and North Cornish Folklore
AbstractNellie Sloggett (1850–1923) was a Cornish novelist and, under the name Enys Tregarthen, a folklore writer. This article has four aims. First, to bring together all the biographical information about Sloggett. Second, to make the point that Sloggett’s writing is useful for folklorists: she has, since her death, been neglected even by south-western scholars. Third, to situate her work in the broader British and Irish folklore movement: her corpus offers some unique challenges. And, fourth, to provide a hand-list of her books and her other writings to facilitate further research. It is hoped, too, that some of the reflections on the geography of folklore collection will have a wider application.
- Figure 2. Nellie’s Padstow.
- Figure 1. The three gargoyles of Padstow Church chase a young girl (Tregarthen 1906: 135).
- Figure 3. The pixies try to order Phillida’s dreams (Tregarthen 1906: 91).
- Figure 4. Jan Brewer piskey-laden outside Constantine Church (Tregarthen 1906: 157).
- Figure 5. Story locations in Enys Tregarthen.
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