Fairy Folk Tales of Ireland

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William Butler Yeats
Simon and Schuster, Mar 2, 1998 - Fiction - 387 pages
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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."
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
The Trooping Fairies ii
11
Changelings
48
The Merrow
60
The Solitary Fairies
75
Ghosts
117
Witches Fairy Doctors
133
TIrnanOg
179
Notes
287
Some Authorities on Irish Folklore
294
Introduction
301
The Fairies Dancingplace
307
The Young Piper
313
A Fairy Enchantment
319
The Fairy Greyhound
325
The Devils Mill
335

Saints Priests
193
The Devil
205
Giants
235
The Twelve Wild Geese
255
The Haughty Princess
263
Donald and his Neighbours
270
Fergus OMara and the Airdemons
341
Seanchan the Bard and the King of the Cats
353
The Knighting of Cuculain
369
Appendix
381
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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 won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923.

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