Rachel Harriette Busk (1831-1907), a British folklorist, remains known for her 1874 book The Folk-Lore of Rome, one of the most significant contributions to urban folklore in the 19th century, and one of the few collections that paid serious attention to the circumstances of the ethnographic moment when stories and legends were told. Busk is the author of several books on the folklore of European countries, inspired by her travels; but unlike The Folk-Lore of Rome, they were only compilations of materials collected and published by others.
“‘Imagine I am the Creatura’: Biography of Rachel Busk, a British Folklorist in Europe”
David Hopkin, 2018
Rachel Busk is best known today for The Folk-Lore of Rome (1874), one of the most important contributions to urban folklore made in the nineteenth century and one of few studies from that period that paid attention to the contexts in which tales and legends were told. Busk wrote several other books on the folklore of European countries which, though inspired by her travels, were more assemblages of material previously published by others. (...)