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Iona and Peter Opie

Iona Archibald Opie (born 1923) and Peter Mason Opie (1918–1982) Iona and Peter Opie met and married during World War II. They became a renowned husband-and-wife team of folklorists, with a special interest in children's toys, games, and literature, working from their home in Hampshire and conducting primary fieldwork all over the UK. Their remarkable collection of children's books and ephemera was purchased by the Bodleian Library in Oxford in 1988. They were the authors of more than thirty books, including The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (1952) and The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren (1959). Iona Opie lives in Hampshire, England. Peter Opie died in 1982.

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