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The Irish Fairy Book

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  51 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Leprechauns, fairies, and other mythical figures inhabit this entertaining collection of Irish fairy lore. The rich and representative collection of 43 tales and poems includes "The Stolen Child," a beguiling poem by William Butler Yeats; "The King of the Black Desert," by poet, scholar, and statesman Douglas Hyde; Lady Jane Wilde's "The Horned Women" and "The Demon Cat," ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 26th 2005 by Dover Publications (first published 1938)
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Nigel
This isn't the edition I have, but that edition doesn't seem to exist. A varied collection, some in the high heroic, some literary retellings and some oral transcriptions edited to a greater or lesser degree. Lots of actual fairies, which is nice. Two stories from T Crofton Croker's collection, though one of them is credited to William Maginn, no idea why. An episode from Lady Gregory's Cuchulainn veers perilously near self-parody with the overwhelming awesomeness of himself. There's an Irish va ...more
Amy
One of the Irish fairytale books my grandmother gave to me when I was a kid.
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