‘Her Room Was Her World’: Nellie Sloggett and North Cornish Folklore

  • Simon Young University of Virginia (CET)


Nellie 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.

Author Biography

Simon Young, University of Virginia (CET)
Humanities Faculty
How to Cite
YOUNG, Simon. ‘Her Room Was Her World’: Nellie Sloggett and North Cornish Folklore. Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics, [S.l.], v. 11, n. 2, p. 101-136, dec. 2017. ISSN 2228-0987. Available at: <http://jef.ee/index.php/journal/article/view/233>. Date accessed: 27 mar. 2023. doi: https://doi.org/10.1515/jef-2017-0016.


Cornish folklore; Cornwall; Enys Tregarthen; fairies; theosophy