Irish Fairy and Folk Tales

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William Butler Yeats
Random House Publishing Group, Jul 18, 2012 - Fiction - 400 pages
7 Reviews
Gathered by the renowned Irish poet, playwright, and essayist William Butler Yeats, the sixty-five tales and poems in this delightful collection uniquely capture the rich heritage of the Celtic imagination. Filled with legends of village ghosts, fairies, demons, witches, priests, and saints, these stories evoke both tender pathos and lighthearted mirth and embody what Yeats describes as “the very voice of the people, the very pulse of life.”

“The impact of these tales doesn’t stop with Yeats, or Joyce, or Oscar Wilde,” writes Paul Muldoon in his Foreword, “for generations of readers in Ireland and throughout the world have found them flourishing like those persistent fairy thorns.”
 

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Review: Irish Fairy and Folk Tales

User Review  - Leslie - Goodreads

This was a very nice collection of Irish fairy stories. Yeats was fascinated by these stories and selected ones that show the variety and richness of this folklore. Many of them are like ghost stories. They all have a wonderful Irish other-worldliness. And many of them have a thick brogue. Read full review

Review: Irish Fairy and Folk Tales

User Review  - Katherine Sas - Goodreads

This combination of two of Yeats' compilations of Irish folk and fairy tales gives a phenomenal sense of the spirit of Irish folklore. Some of the elements are familiar from other European traditions ... Read full review

Contents

THE TROOPING FAIRIES
3
CHANGELINGS
53
THE MERROW
68
THE SOLITARY FAIRIES
88
GHOSTS
140
WITCHES FAIRY DOCTORS
159
TYEERNANOGE
217
SAINTS PRIESTS
233
THE DEVIL
249
8 3
283
KINGS QUEENS PRINCESSES EARLS ROBBERS
305
NOTES
347
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About the author (2012)

Paul Muldoon is Oxford Professor of Poetry and Howard G. B. Clark Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University. His recent works include To Ireland, I; Poems 1968–1998; and Moy Sand and Gravel. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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