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Irish Folk Tales

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Robust and funny, sorrowful and heroic, this collection of 125 lively tales tells the story of Ireland. Spanning the centuries from the first wars of the ancient Irish kings through the Celtic Renaissance of Yeats to our own time, they are set in cities, villages, fields and forestsfrom the wild Gaelic western coast to the modern streets of Dublin and Belfast.

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Overview

Robust and funny, sorrowful and heroic, this collection of 125 lively tales tells the story of Ireland. Spanning the centuries from the first wars of the ancient Irish kings through the Celtic Renaissance of Yeats to our own time, they are set in cities, villages, fields and forestsfrom the wild Gaelic western coast to the modern streets of Dublin and Belfast.

Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library 

"Henry Glassie is a scholarly and scientific folklorist. . .but he is also in breathing contact with the sotires he relates."

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"Delightful and informative, comfortable and full of wit and fancy. It reminds us why the Irish have been known as great storytellers for a millennium."
—Roger D. Abrahams, editor of African Folktales

"This latest volume of an already distinguished series maintains and even exceeds the high standards of the previous ones. The tales reveal the deep humanity of the Irish people; the commentary and notes reveal the humanity of Glassie. Very highly recommended."
— Library Journal

"A marvelous assortment selected from published (but often out-of-print) collections by the likes of pioneer collectors Lady Wilde, Robin Flower, and Jeremiah Curtin, and from unpublished manuscripts in private and state-owned archives."
Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Vivid and surprising  . . . The Irish gift for prolixity and verbal magic glistens throughout Glassie's collection."
Chicago Magazine

Library Journal
This latest volume of an already distinguished series maintains and even exceeds the high standards of the previous ones. The texts are taken from published and unpublished sources of the past 200 years and include those Glassie collected himself. They reveal the deep humanity of the Irish people; the commentary and notes reveal the humanity of Glassie. While many folktale collections aimed at a general audience are not useful to folklorists because they lack accuracy, this one will be welcomed. General readers will undoubtedly appreciate Glassie's ability to illuminate subtly the ``storyteller's art.'' Very highly recommended. David S. Azzolina, Johns Hopkins Univ. Lib., Baltimore
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Meet the Author

Henry Glassie is a folklorist and emeritus College Professor of Folklore at Indiana University. He has written nearly twenty books on folklore of the areas of Ireland, Turkey, Bangladesh, and the United States, three of which have been named by The New York Times as "Notable Books of the Year."

Glassie served as the state folklorist for Pennsylvania, received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was a president of the American Folklore Society and the Vernacular Architecture Forum. He was nominated to the National Council on the Humanities by President Bill Clinton on which he served in 2001.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2009

    A taste of the "old sod"

    I picked this book up from many in the Irish section as St. Patrick's day neared. It is VERY useful as a book to pick up when you want to relax and feel good. The stories are easy to read and involve all the aspects of Ireland which are endearing. It made me want to visit there even more than I wanted to before.

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