Peter and Iona Opie

Peter and Iona Opie

Peter Mason Opie (1918 – 1982) and Iona Archibald Opie (born Iona Archibald, 1923 - ) were a husband-and-wife team of folklorists, who applied modern techniques to children's literature, summarized in their studies, "The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes" (1951) and "The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren" (1959). They are also noted anthologists, and assembled large collections of children's literature, toys and games.

Peter, who was educated at Eton College, was an English specialist in children's literature, and the customs of schoolchildren. He was joint winner of the £1000 Chosen Books competition, with his autobiographical discursion "The Case of Being a Young Man" (published in paperback, 1946).

Iona is a world-renowned researcher and writer on European folklore and children's street culture. She is considered an authority on children's rhymes, street & playground games and the Mother Goose tradition.

The couple met and married during World War II. They worked together closely, from their home in Alton, Hampshire, conducting primary fieldwork, as well as library research, and interviewing thousands of children. In pursuing the folklore of contemporary childhood they directly recorded rhymes and games as they were currently being played. They collaborated on a number of celebrated books and, combined, produced over 30 works.

The Opies' collection of children's books and ephemera covers the 16th to 20th century and is the richest library of children's literature. It was begun in 1944, amounting in the end to 20,000 pieces. During 1988, it was donated to the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, after a two-year public appeal raised the £500,000 cost; currently, the books are being transferred to microfiche. Their large collection of historic toys and games is still owned by Iona Opie.

elected Works

*Peter Opie, author, 1946. "The Case of Being a Young Man", a discursion (Chosen Books, competition prize winner)
*Iona and Peter Opie, collectors and editors, 1947. "I Saw Esau: Traditional Rhymes of Youth" (Williams & Norgate Ltd)
*Iona and Peter Opie, editors, 1951. "The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes" (Oxford University Press)
*Iona and Peter Opie, editors, 1959. "The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren" (Oxford University Press)
*Iona and Peter Opie, editors, 1974. "The Classic Fairy Tales" (Oxford University Press). Presents the texts of twenty-four familiar fairy tales as they were first published in English; summarizes the history of each tale, especially from the textual point of view.
*Iona and Peter Opie, 1985. "The Singing Game" (Oxford University Press).
*Iona and Peter Opie, Maurice Sendak illustrations, 1992. "I Saw Esau: The Schoolchild's Pocket Book" (Walker Books, London)
*Iona Opie, 1993. "The People in the Playground" (Oxford University Press, USA)
*Iona Opie, 1996. "My Very First Mother Goose" (Cambridge, Mass:Candlewick)
*Iona Opie, 1999. "Here Comes Mother Goose " (Cambridge, Mass:Candlewick)
*Iona and Peter Opie, 2000. "I Saw Esau: The Schoolchild's Pocket Book" (Cambridge, Mass:Candlewick)

ee also

*Truce terms
*Children's street culture

References

*Gillian Avery and Julia Briggs, editors, 1989. "Children and Their Books: A Celebration of the Work of Iona and Peter Opie" (Oxford University Press)
* [http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly/shorttitle/opie.html The Peter & Iona Opie Collection of Folklore and Related Topics]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем написать курсовую

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Iona and Peter Opie — Iona Archibald Opie (born Iona Archibald, 1923) and Peter Mason Opie (1918–1982) were a husband and wife team of folklorists, who applied modern techniques to children s literature, summarized in their studies, The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery… …   Wikipedia

  • Opie, Peter Mason — (1918 1982)    Apart from a brief army career in his early twenties, Peter Opie s life was devoted to collecting and studying folklore, especially children s lore, on which he and his wofe Iona became world famous authorities. Using both library… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • Iona et Peter Opie — Iona Archibald Opie (née Iona Archibald, 1923 ) et Peter Mason Opie (1918 – 1982) sont un couple de folkloriste britanniques spécialisés dans la littérature jeunesse. Ils commencèrent leurs recherches en 1944, le recueil de chansons enfantines… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Opie — may refer to: Surnames Alan Opie, (born 1945), baritone singer Amelia Opie (1769 1853), English author wife of John Opie Catherine Opie, (born 1961), American artist and photographer Eugene Lindsay Opie (1873 1971), American pathologist Iona Opie …   Wikipedia

  • Howitt, Mary and William — (1792 1888)    • Mary, 1799 1888    Mary Botham was born in Coleford, Gloucestershire, to a Quaker family and was educated at home.    She married William Howitt in 1821 and lived in Staffordshire, where they began a career of joint authorship.… …   British and Irish poets

  • Lamb, Charles and Mary — (1764 1847)    • Charles, the brother (1775 1834)    Born in London, the son of John Lamb, a clerk of the Inner Temple, he was educated at Christ s Hospital, where he became friends with Samuel Taylor Coleridge (see entry) and Leigh Hunt (see… …   British and Irish poets

  • The Wesley Family, Samuel, Samuel, John and Charles — (1662 1791)    • Samuel, 1662 1735    Born at Winterborn Whitchurch, Dorset, the son of the vicar, he was educated at Newington Green, a private school where he was a friend of Daniel Defoe. He graduated B.A. from Exeter College, Oxford, in 1688 …   British and Irish poets

  • Ring a Ring o' Roses — Infobox Standard title=Ring a Ring o Roses comment= image size= caption=Musical variations of Ring a Ring o Roses , Alice Gomme, 1898. [Gomme, The Traditional Games of England, Scotland, and Ireland , p. 108.] writer= composer=Traditional… …   Wikipedia

  • Mounseer Nongtongpaw — Title page from the 1808 edition of Mounseer Nongtongpaw Mounseer Nongtongpaw is an 1808 poem once thought to have been written by the Romantic writer Mary Shelley as a child. It is now believed that the author was theatrical writer John Taylor.… …   Wikipedia

  • Childlore — is the folklore or folk culture of children and young people. It includes, for example, rhymes and games played in the school playground. The best known researchers of the field were Peter and Iona Opie. The subject matter of childlore includes… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”