Irish Fairy Tales

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Wordsworth Editions, Jan 1, 2001 - Fiction - 232 pages
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Illustrated by John D. Batten. Stories selected by Jennifer Chandler, The Folklore Society.

The captivating Irish stories collected in this new edition include both comic tales such as Paddy O'Kelly and the Weasel, and tales of heroes from ancient literature such as How Cormac Mac Art went to Faery.

By turns funny, fantastical and mysterious, the stories are matched in liveliness by the original illustrations of John D. Batten. It would be hard to find a better introduction for children to the special magic of Celtic storytelling.

The stories in this book are taken from Joseph Jacob's classic two-volume collection Celtic Fairy Tales (1891-2) and More Celtic Fairy Tales (1894)


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User Review  - Marthese Formosa - Goodreads

This was an interesting read. The stories were mostly creepy. In most of them there was death and resurrection! It was a bit difficult to read them as the language was old and the writing style ... Read full review

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User Review  - Goodreads

Of all the tales only 'The Fate of the Children of Lir' was familiar. Quite an interesting read. As a non-English speaker I was also interested in the language with a lot of old verbal forms (heerd, spake) or even whole sentences like 'Whence comest thou?' Read full review


Connla and the Fairy Maiden
The Field ofBoliauns
Hudden and Dudden and Donald ONeary
The Story ofDeirdre
Munachar and Manachar 5 7
Jack and his Comrades
The Shee an Gannon and the Gruagach Gaire
The Storyteller at Fault
Jack and his Master
Andrew Coffey
The Lad with the Goatskin
Jack the Cunning Thief
The Vision of MacConglinney
The Story of the McAndrew Family
Smallhead and the Kings Sons
The Legend ofKnockgrafton

A Legend ofKnockmany
Fair Brown and Trembling

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About the author (2001)

Joseph Jacobs was born in Sydney, Australia on August 29, 1854. After graduating from Cambridge University in 1876, he pursued a full and varied career, writing many essays for various periodicals including a famous series in 1882 on the Russian persecutions of the Jews. He also made his influence felt as a Jew by editing the first issues of The Jewish Yearbook (1896--99), serving as president of the Jewish Historical Society, and editing The Jewish Encyclopedia. He later served as professor of English at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. His interest in folklore grew out of his studies in anthropology. From 1890 to 1893, he edited Folk Lore, a British journal on the subject. He also edited the Arabian Nights and Aesop's Fables and produced a series of fairy tale books. These fairy tale collections were the result of regular research in folklore, literature, anthropology, and other fields, and they are, perhaps, the works for which he is best remembered today. While other collectors of English folk tales rewrote or left out the crude language of the originals, he brought the vigor of colloquial English into his folk tale collections, and such memorable phrases as Fee-fi-fo-fum and chinny chin chin remain the strength of his contributions. He died on January 30, 1916.

Jennifer Chandler graduated at the top of her class with Le Grand Diplome and a Mention Tres Bien in Pastry from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. She is a full-time mom to two daughters in Memphis, Tennessee, and is a freelance food writer, restaurant consultant, and the author of "Simply Salads, Simply Suppers", " "and" Simply Grilling".

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