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Fairy Folk Tales of Ireland

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THE CLASSIC ONE-VOLUME INTRODUCTION TO IRELAND'S RICH FOLKLORE: WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS'S MAGICAL SELECTION OF TRADITIONAL IRISH FAIRY AND FOLK TALES

Fairy and Folk Tales of Ireland combines two books of Irish folklore collected and edited by William Butler Yeats — Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry, first published in 1888, and Irish Fairy Tales, published in 1892. In this delightful gathering of legend and song, the familiar characters of Irish myth come to life: the mercurial trooping fairies, as ready to make mischief as to do good; the solitary and industrious Lepracaun and his dissipated cousin, the Cluricaun; the fearsome Pooka, who lives among ruins and has "grown monstrous with much solitude"; and the Banshee, whose eerie wailing warns of death. More than an ambitious and successful effort to preserve the rich heritage of his native land, this volume confirms Yeats's conviction that imagination is the source of both life and art. As Benedict Kiely observes in his foreword, Yeats was seeking "not for the meaning of any mystery but for what he had already determined to find...a world of the imagination...a world that fed on dreaming and not on the painted toy of grey truth."

Synopsis:

THE CLASSIC ONE-VOLUME INTRODUCTION TO IRELAND'S RICH FOLKLORE: WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS'S MAGICAL SELECTION OF TRADITIONAL IRISH FAIRY AND FOLK TALES

Fairy and Folk Tales of Ireland combines two books of Irish folklore collected and edited by William Butler Yeats — Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry, first published in 1888, and Irish Fairy Tales, published in 1892. In this delightful gathering of legend and song, the familiar characters of Irish myth come to life: the mercurial trooping fairies, as ready to make mischief as to do good; the solitary and industrious Lepracaun and his dissipated cousin, the Cluricaun; the fearsome Pooka, who lives among ruins and has "grown monstrous with much solitude"; and the Banshee, whose eerie wailing warns of death. More than an ambitious and successful effort to preserve the rich heritage of his native land, this volume confirms Yeats's conviction that imagination is the source of both life and art. As Benedict Kiely observes in his foreword, Yeats was seeking "not for the meaning of any mystery but for what he had already determined to find...a world of the imagination...a world that fed on dreaming and not on the painted toy of grey truth."

Synopsis:

The classic introduction to Ireland's folklore--the only edition approved by the Yeats estate--this treasury of the greatest and most representative Irish folk and fairy tales grandly brings to life the sounds, the feel, and the magic of Ireland and its people.

About the Author

William Butler Yeats is generally considered to be Ireland’s greatest poet, living or dead, and one of the most important literary figures of the twentieth century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Foreword by Benedict KielyFAIRY AND FOLK TALES OF THE IRISH PEASANTRY

Introduction

THE TROOPING FAIRIES

The Fairies

Frank Martin and the Fairies

The Priest's Supper

The Fairy Well Of Lagnanay

Teig O'Kane and the Corpse

Paddy Corcoran's Wife

Cusheen Loo

The White Trout; A Legend of Cong

The Fairy Thorn

The Legend of Knockgrafton

A Donegal Fairy

Changelings

The Brewery of Egg-shells

The Fairy Nurse

Jamie Freel and the Young Lady

The Stolen Child

The Merrow

The Soul Cages

Flory Cantillon's Funeral

THE SOLITARY FAIRIES

Lepracaun, Cluricaun, Far Darrig

The Lepracaun; or, Fairy Shoemaker

Master and Man

Far Darrig in Donegal

The Pooka

The Piper and the Púca

Daniel O'Rourke

The Kildare Pooka

The Banshee

How Thomas Connolly Met the Banshee

A Lamentation for the Death of Sir Maurice Fitzgerald

The Banshee of the Mac Carthys

GHOSTS

A Dream

Grace Connor

A Legend of Tyrone

The Black Lamb

Song of the Ghost

The Radiant Boy

The Fate of Frank M'Kenna

WITCHES, FAIRY DOCTORS

Bewitched Butter (Donegal)

A Queen's County Witch

The Witch Hare

Bewitched Butter (Queen's County)

The Horned Women

The Witches' Excursion

The Confessions of Tom Bourke

The Pudding Bewitched

TÍR-NA-N-OG

The Legend of O'Donoghue

Rent-Day

Loughleagh (Lake of Healing)

Hy-Brasail — The Isle of the Blest

The Phantom Isle

SAINTS, PRIESTS

The Priest's Soul

The Priest of Coloony

The Story of the Little Bird

Conversion of King Laoghaire's Daughters

King O'Toole and his Goose

THE DEVIL

The Demon Cat

The Long Spoon

The Countess Kathleen O'Shea

The Three Wishes

GIANTS

The Giant's Stairs

A Legend of Knockmany

KINGS, QUEENS, PRINCESSES, EARLS, ROBBERS

The Twelve Wild Geese

The Lazy Beauty and her Aunts

The Haughty Princess

The Enchantment of Gearoidh Iarla

Munachar and Manachar

Donald and his Neighbours

The Jackdaw

The Story of Conn-eda

Notes

Some Authorities on Irish Folk-lore

IRISH FAIRY TALES

Note

Introduction

LAND AND WATER FAIRIES

The Fairies' Dancing-place

The Rival Kempers

The Young Piper

A Fairy Enchantment

Teigue of the Lee

The Fairy Greyhound

The Lady of Gollerus

EVIL SPIRITS

The Devil's Mill

Fergus O'Mara and the Air-demons

The Man Who Never Knew Fear

CATS

Seanchan the Bard and the King of the Cats

Owney and Owney-na-Peak

KINGS AND WARRIORS

The Knighting of Cuculain

The Little Weaver of Duleek Gate

APPENDIX

Classification of Irish Fairies

Authorities on Irish Folk-lore

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684829524
Editor:
Yeats, William Butler
Foreword:
Kiely, Benedict
Foreword by:
Kiely, Benedict
Foreword:
Kiely, Benedict
Editor:
Yeats, William Butler
Author:
Yeats, W. B.
Author:
Yeats, William Butler
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fairy tales
Subject:
Tales
Subject:
Fairy Tales, Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Tales, irish
Subject:
Tales -- Ireland.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
March 1998
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
408
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 15.89 oz

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Product details 408 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9780684829524 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , THE CLASSIC ONE-VOLUME INTRODUCTION TO IRELAND'S RICH FOLKLORE: WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS'S MAGICAL SELECTION OF TRADITIONAL IRISH FAIRY AND FOLK TALES

Fairy and Folk Tales of Ireland combines two books of Irish folklore collected and edited by William Butler Yeats — Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry, first published in 1888, and Irish Fairy Tales, published in 1892. In this delightful gathering of legend and song, the familiar characters of Irish myth come to life: the mercurial trooping fairies, as ready to make mischief as to do good; the solitary and industrious Lepracaun and his dissipated cousin, the Cluricaun; the fearsome Pooka, who lives among ruins and has "grown monstrous with much solitude"; and the Banshee, whose eerie wailing warns of death. More than an ambitious and successful effort to preserve the rich heritage of his native land, this volume confirms Yeats's conviction that imagination is the source of both life and art. As Benedict Kiely observes in his foreword, Yeats was seeking "not for the meaning of any mystery but for what he had already determined to find...a world of the imagination...a world that fed on dreaming and not on the painted toy of grey truth."

"Synopsis" by , The classic introduction to Ireland's folklore--the only edition approved by the Yeats estate--this treasury of the greatest and most representative Irish folk and fairy tales grandly brings to life the sounds, the feel, and the magic of Ireland and its people.
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