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Thoms, William John 1803-1885

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Works: 184 works in 583 publications in 3 languages and 4,282 library holdings
Genres: History  Folklore  Romances  Anecdotes  Sources  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Surveys  Juvenile works  Fiction  Music 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Producer, Dedicatee, Other, Compiler, Correspondent, Bookseller
Classifications: DA680, 398.245
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Most widely held works about William John Thoms
 
Most widely held works by William John Thoms
Anecdotes and traditions : illustrative of early English history and literature, derived from ms. sources . by William John Thoms( Book )

39 editions published between 1838 and 1980 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early English prose romances by William John Thoms( Book )

5 editions published between 1889 and 1907 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The survey of London by John Stow( Book )

13 editions published between 1842 and 1876 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume offers a rare 1603 account of London and its history
The history of Reynard the Fox by William Caxton( Book )

26 editions published between 1844 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

2 vols bound together
The old story books of England. Illustrated with twelve pictures by eminent artists by William John Thoms( Book )

24 editions published between 1845 and 2012 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three notelets on Shakespeare by William John Thoms( Book )

17 editions published between 1865 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, William John Thoms (1803-85) pursued literary and bibliographical interests and conversed with the likes of Thomas Macaulay and Charles Dickens. Most notably, he coined the term 'folklore' in 1846 and founded the scholarly periodical Notes and Queries in 1849. Having been published separately, these three essays on Shakespeare were brought together in this 1865 work. 'Shakespeare in Germany' (1840) spells out how German drama was influenced by English playwrights and by English actors performing plays in Germany from the late sixteenth century onwards. 'The Folk-Lore of Shakespeare' (1847) considers fairy lore and names, with particular attention paid to the characters of Puck and Queen Mab. In 'Was Shakespeare Ever a Soldier?' (1859), Thoms acknowledges that little is known for sure about Shakespeare's life, but careful scrutiny of the evidence has made him 'morally certain' that the dramatist had seen military service
Human longevity, its facts and its fictions including an inquiry into some of the more remarkable instances, and suggestions for testing reputed cases, illustrated by examples by William John Thoms( Book )

13 editions published between 1873 and 2016 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book of the court; exhibiting the history, duties, and privileges of the several ranks of the English nobility and gentry, particularly of the great officers of state, and members of the Royal Household by William John Thoms( Book )

10 editions published between 1844 and 1864 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The primeval antiquities of Denmark by Jens Jacob Asmussen Worsaae( Book )

12 editions published between 1849 and 2015 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The antiquarian William J. Thoms (1803-85) is probably best remembered today for founding the journal Notes and Queries and for having coined the term 'folk lore'. He undertook the translation of this work by the Danish archaeologist Jens Worsaae (1821-85) because he felt (as Worsaae says himself) that 'the primeval national antiquities of the British islands have never hitherto been brought into a scientific arrangement'. Believing that this had arisen partly because of the difficulty of distinguishing between some of the many different cultures in Britain's past, Thoms also felt that British interpretations of finds were too frequently beset by 'fanciful theories'. Cultural ties between Britain and Denmark during the Dark Ages meant that finds in Denmark could illuminate British discoveries, and vice versa: Worsaae's work could therefore guide future excavations in Britain. Highly influential and illustrated with woodcuts, this translation first appeared in 1849
Early English prose romances by William John Thoms( Book )

32 editions published between 1858 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On traces of the primitive village community in English municipal institutions by George Laurence Gomme( Book )

4 editions published in 1880 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The request and suite of a true-hearted Englishman by William, D.1554 Cholmley( Book )

4 editions published between 1853 and 1968 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of early prose romances( Book )

2 editions published in 1828 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert the Deuyll; a romance( Book )

2 editions published in 1904 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hannah Lightfoot. Queen Charlotte & the Chevalier d'Eon. Dr. Wilmot's Polish princess by William John Thoms( Book )

7 editions published between 1867 and 2015 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lays and legends of various nations: illustrative of their traditions, popular literature, manners, customs, and superstitions by William John Thoms( Book )

10 editions published between 1831 and 2007 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gammer Gurton's famous histories : of Sir Guy of Warwick, Sir Bevis of Hampton, Tom Hickathrift, Friar Bacon, Robin Hood, and the King and the cobbler by William John Thoms( Book )

16 editions published between 1845 and 2012 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1846, William John Thomas assembled this collection of short tales which tell the story of classic English folk heroes
Early English Prose Romances : with bibliographical and historical Introductions by William John Thoms( Book )

17 editions published between 1858 and 1970 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The home treasury of old story books( Book )

4 editions published in 1859 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Lays and legends of various nations: illustrative of their traditions, popular literature, manners, customs, and superstitions
Alternative Names

controlled identityMerton, Ambrose, 1803-1885

Amb. Mer 1803-1885

Amb. Mer. (Ambrose Merton), 1803-1885

Gurton, Gamar

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Mer., Amb. (Ambrose Merton), 1803-1885

Merton, Ambrose.

Merton, Ambrose 1803-1885

Thoms, W. J.

Thoms, W. J. 1803-1885

Thoms, W. J. (William John), 1803-1885

Thoms, William J.

Thoms, William J. 1803-1885

Thoms, William J. (William John), 1803-1885

Thoms, Wm. J. 1803-1885

Thoms, Wm. J. (William John), 1803-1885

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トムス, W. J

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