Irish Fairy and Folk Tales

Irish Fairy and Folk Tales

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by William Butler Yeats
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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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“These folk-tales are full of simplicity and musical occurrences, for they are the literature of a class...who have steeped everything in the heart: to whom everything is a symbol.”—William Butler Yeats

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307824172
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/18/2012
Series:
Modern Library Classics
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
497,791
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

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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Irish Fairy and Folk Tales (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful compilation of tales and poems as written by W. B. Yeats. Anyone interested in Irish folklore will enjoy this book from cover to cover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay...it was a little darker than what I was expecting. I couldn't read most of the short stories to my kids for fear of giving them nightmares.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on a whim last year, and I've never regretted it! This is a fantastic compilation of a variety of Irish tales, from fairies to changelings to ghosts to witches to Tyr Na Nog to kings and queens. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fairy and folk tales.
CasualTrekkie More than 1 year ago
A collection of Irish Folk Lore, and if you're interested in such things, you'll like this. For some of them, you'll need a score card, but I find them interesting.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Arrived quickly, so shipping service was excellent but overall rating is good because of the condition of the book compared to the description. Am disappointed in condition of book. The description was as follows: "Condition: Good This book has a light amount of wear to the pages, cover and binding. Blue Cloud Books ??? Hot deals from the land of the sun." Bought it from Thrift Books through the Blue Cloud Bookstore. Book was pretty badly damaged from mold on cover, binding and every page. But for $1.99...what else can u expect?
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Werewolf yay
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