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Iona Opie, 1923–2017

Monday, October 30, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind Rini Larson
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Iona Opie, a premiere scholar of children's folklore, has died at the age of 94. Iona and her husband Peter Opie researched and published together until Peter's death in 1982; Iona continued to research and publish alone and in collaboration with her children until the late 1990s.

Her major works include: I Saw Esau (1947)The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (1951), The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book (1955), The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren (1959), Children’s Games in Street and Playground (1969), The Classic Fairy Tales (1974), Tail Feathers From Mother Goose (1988), A Dictionary of Superstitions (1989), The People in the Playground (1993), Children’s Games With Things (1997), and Here Comes Mother Goose (1999).

An obituary has been published in the October 25, 2017 issue of The Guardian.



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