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Martinengo-Cesaresco, Evelyn (1852-1931)

Evelyn Lillian Haseldine Carrington, Countess of Martinengo-Cesaresco, is a British folklorist well known in the late 19th and early 20th centuries for her work on folk songs. Her name is less familiar today because she contributed mainly to the popularization of ethnographic materials by writing in Victorian magazines read by the middle class, which was increasingly eager to better itself. Her many essays on Italian and Greek singing traditions are compiled in a single volume, Essays in the Study of Folk-Songs, published in 1886 and reprinted in 1914, making it one of the most popular works ever devoted to traditional songs.

Keywords: Folklore | Risorgimento | United Kingdom | Italy | Greece | Folk songs | The Folklore Society | Giuseppe Pitrè

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