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Gathered by the renowned Irish poet, playwright, and essayist William Butler Yeats, the sixty-five tales and poems in this delightful collection uniquely capture the rich heritage of the Celtic imagination. Filled with legends of village ghosts, fairies, demons, witches, priests, and saints, these stories evoke both tender pathos and lighthearted mirth and embody what Yeats describes as “the very voice of the people, the very pulse of life.” “The impact of these tales doesn’t stop with Yeats, or Joyce, or Oscar Wilde,” writes Paul Muldoon in his Foreword, “for generations of readers in Ireland and throughout the world have found them flourishing like those persistent fairy thorns.”read more
Selected by British folklorist Neil Philip from a two-volume collection Yeats edited during his 20s, these rollicking tales include moralistic lessons, ghost stories and legends about the ``little people.'' In stories delivered in a distinctly Irish lilt, Jamie Freel flies with the fairies to find his lady; the 12 wild geese are rescued by their sister (a variant of the tale told by the Grimm Brothers); and Daniel O'Rourke is flown to the moon by a crow. Lynch's black-and-white drawings and silhouetted figures suit the carefree humor or spellbinding drama variously found in such stories as ``The Soul Cages'' and ``The Horned Women.'' Although connoisseurs of fairy tales will welcome this collection unreservedly, many of its tales require prior knowledge of Irish traditions and culture, and may not be easily understood by young readers. All ages. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved