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Evertype: Phyllis in Piskie-land

Posted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:25 pm
by Evertype
Evertype would like to announce the publication of a new edition of Phyllis in Piskie-land, written in 1913 by J. Henry Harris and illustrated by Patten Wilson. This rare book has long been out of print, and was unknown even to the most celebrated of Carrollian collectors until now.


From the back cover:

J. Henry Harris 1848-1917 was a journalist, novelist, and short-story writer, probably best known for his collection of Cornish folklore, Cornish Saints and Sinners (1906). In his book Phyllis in Piskie-land, inspired by Lewis Carroll's Wonderland, a little English girl visiting Cornwall is taken into their world and has many adventures. This rare book has been brought out again to delight Carrollians and Cornishmen alike.

Phyllis in Piskie-land is in part a vehicle for Harris’ interest in Cornish folklore, but it is clear that his interest in Carroll’s work goes beyond the syntax of the title of his book. In many episodes Phyllis is taught and entertained by the denizens of Piskie-land, and like Alice she endeavours to be polite to them. Harris’ clearest homage to Carroll is in the beginning of Chapter XI, “The Charmed Shoes”, where the nonsense echoes both Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass quite strongly, leading up to the Cornish folktale which concludes the chapter.

Michael Everson

Re: Evertype: Phyllis in Piskie-land

Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 12:17 am
by Evertype