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by W.B. Yeats
Banshees and faeries, demons and curses, village ghosts and mystic poets work their Gaelic magic in this enthralling collection of supernatural tales from the pen of William Butler Yeats. Based on Irish country beliefs, traditions, and folk tales, the stories were first published at the height of Yeats' romantic period in three collections entitled The Celtic Twilight, The...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 26th 1998 by Scribner
(first published 1969)
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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
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
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
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...moreMore about W.B. Yeats...