Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland Collected and Arranged by Lady Gregory: With Two Essays and Notes by W. B. Yeats (The Coole Edition of Lady Gregory's Works, V. 1)
by Lady Gregory
This material collected over a period of more than twenty years proved to be a valuable source not only for Gregory's own plays but also for Yeats' work. A classic, it presents many aspects of the supernatural seers, healers, charms, banshees, forths, the evil eye and contains a treasure trove of Irish folk-beliefs from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Hardcover, 365 pages
Published December 31st 1992 by Colin Smythe
(first published December 1st 1970)
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I do love the stories in this book; they're the inspiration behind my own fiction. The length is the only drawback, to be honest. There are many stories that are similar to each other, so to read over 300 pages with several of the same stories told in only slightly different ways can become tedious. Still, I can't ignore the influence this folklore has on me- and the influence it had on Yeats!
Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory (15 March 1852 – 22 May 1932), born Isabella Augusta Persse. She was an Irish dramatist and folklorist. With William Butler Yeats and others, she co-founded the Irish Literary Theatre and the Abbey Theatre, and wrote numerous short works for both companies. Lady Gregory produced a number of books retelling stories taken from Irish mythology.More about Lady Gregory...