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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  230 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The only edition currently available of Yeats's retellings of the ancient stories of Ireland, Mythologies is comprised of three classic collections: The Celtic Twilight, The Secret Rose, and Stories of Red Hanrahan.

Yeats traveled all over Ireland in search of authentic folklore and folk traditions, and many of the pieces are introduced with engaging accounts of the storyte
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Published (first published January 1st 1959)
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Catherine

Having skirted the chasm of Dark Lord/Cat!Harry fanfic, I wandered off after a cup of tea. Still considering the cheap and troubled waters of fandom, it occurred to me I hadn't had a leather-bound book in my hands in quite some time and was currently shoving furniture around in an room filled with Persian poetry, ancient warfare, and the autobiographies of men and woman of fame.

So I sat down with William Butler Yeats, whose 'Mythologies' was approximately the right size and weight. I will not l
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Erik Graff
Jul 12, 2012 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yeats/folklore fans
Recommended to Erik by: Michael Miley
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Going through such records as exist of books I've read has impressed upon me the influence Michael Miley has had. No one, with the possible exception of grandmother Lajla, has directed me to more books, some as gifts, some a loans, some simply by talking them up. In addition to strongly encouraging a nascent interest in comparative and Asian religions as early as the summer after high school graduation, Michael has also led me to study parapsychology, occultism, Latin American histories, philoso ...more
Alex
As a collection of three of Yeats' pamphlet-esque collections of Irish folklore - Celtic Twilight, Secret Rose and Stories of Red Hanrahan - this seems like it should be great. But a weird thing happened on the way to its collection: Yeats grew up. As happens to many of us, as he matured Yeats grew more conservative; he quit the Golden Dawn, the occult society, and sidled towards more conventional religion. By the time he put this collection together, he was embarrassed by some of its more flowe ...more
Angie
I dunno. I did not derive a single moment's pleasure from reading this.
Amanda
Quick, fun collection if you're interested in the tie in between myth and literature; illuminating too if you like Yeats' earlier work as this shows where he gathered a lot of his foundation.
Monica
Nov 28, 2007 Monica marked it as can-read-a-bit-at-a-time  ·  review of another edition
This looks very so interesting. Shame on me for no having red one tale. I'm sure I'll enjoy it more than the airheads I'm reading about in Beattie's "Love Always". y t
Phoenix
These are great little poems and short stories. Yeats completely believed in the existence of faeries! I love that.
Richard
Not really finished. Will continue to go back to this again and again. Chilling, lovely, strange, and fun.
Phinehas
Worth reading for the essays that make up the last quarter of the book alone, but the whole thing is great.
Varia
Some cool stuff to tie in with Freudian & Jungian psychoanalysis.
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William Butler Yeats (pronounced /ˈjeɪts/) was an Irish poet and dramatist, and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years Yeats served as an Irish Senator for two terms. He was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival, and along with Lady Gregory and Edward Martyn founded the Abbey Theatre, se ...more
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