It's hard for me to describe exactly what it was that Eleanor Farjeon did. She's a little odd. She wrote fairy tales, really; mostly for children, but sometimes for grownups. And they're fairy tales with a particular light and airy quality; usually English, but with a French flair. A few times, she mentions Watteau in her stories, and I think that's a clue--she wrote stories that could be painted by Watteau. She also loves to put stories within stories, and sometimes will produce a book structured like the Decameron or Canterbury Tales.
|Pilgrimage to Cythera, 1717, by Watteau|
I don't know why the title of the book is St. James instead of St. Jacques. At no point in the actual text do you ever see a St. James, and it doesn't give you the right idea at all.