A treasury of Irish folklore: the stories, traditions, legends, humor, wisdom, ballads, and songs of the Irish people

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Crown Publishers, 1967 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 620 pages
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In addition to folktales this anthology includes jokes, anecdotes, and songs.

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User Review  - Joles - LibraryThing

Most of the stories are good but the book is slightly overwhelming with as large as it is. The writing style is typical of folklore and fairy tales. Read full review

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User Review  - LTW - LibraryThing

Everything from Irish myths, superstitions, and even songs of Ireland are included. From blessings, to spells, this book is chocked full of info, ready for you to crack the cover. Read full review

Contents

How Two Irish Emissaries
25
A Duel with Words 14 How Aristotle Outwitted
32
The Death of Dermott
97
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About the author (1967)

Born in a Longford workhouse where his father was first teacher and then master, Padraic Colum grew into an important figure in the Irish literary renaissance before immigrating to the United States. Invited by the Fay brothers to join the National Theatre Society, he married the teacher and writer Mary Maguire, with whom he undertook several joint projects. The Colums immigrated to the United States in 1914. Colum kept up a varied production of verse, plays, fiction, criticism, and children's literature, together with active lecturing. His most extended teaching appointment was at Columbia University, where he and his wife offered a joint course in comparative literature. Colum felt that his Roman Catholic and peasant roots gave him a closer tie to the Irish folk than did the Protestant, Anglo-Irish background of many writers of the Irish renaissance. His poetry usually deals with common people and rural landscapes in a forthright manner. Colum was resolutely Irish, and his work for the most part avoids didacticism or sentimental nationalism in favor of straightforward presentation.

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