A First-Person Account, Wheaton: Quest Books (Theosophical Publishing House), 1999.
The Real World of Fairies by Dora van Gelder is one of a few really mind-opening books I found in my life. When I say mind-opening, I do not just mean brilliant, excellent, daringly novel or outstanding in terms of intellectual achievement. I mean nothing less daring than my entire worldview suddenly shifting, widening, leading me up to a higher level of conscious awareness.
There are not many studies to be found about the fairy world, that are documentary, not fiction, in nature. While novels and short stories, especially the romantic sort, indulge in the mystical theme, this would never have attracted my interest. Actually I did buy Irish fairy stories by William Butler Yeats, but that is something entirely different. We are talking about a poetic reality here, and about folklore. We also talk about good literature.