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Irish Folktales (The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library) (Paperback)

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Here are 125 magnificent folktales collected from anthologies and journals published from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. Beginning with tales of the ancient times and continuing through the arrival of the saints in Ireland in the fifth century, the periods of war and family, the Literary Revival championed by William Butler Yeats, and the contemporary era, these robust and funny, sorrowful and heroic stories of kings, ghosts, fairies, treasures, enchanted nature, and witchcraft are set in cities, villages, fields, and forests from the wild western coast to the modern streets of Dublin and Belfast.

Edited by Henry Glassie
With black-and-white illustrations throughout

Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library

About the Author

HENRY GLASSIE is a folklorist and emeritus College Professor of Folklore at Indiana University. He has written nearly twenty books on folklore of the areas of Ireland, Turkey, Bangladesh, and the United States, three of which have been named by The New York Times as "Notable Books of the Year."

Glassie served as the state folklorist for Pennsylvania, received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was a president of the American Folklore Society and the Vernacular Architecture Forum. He was nominated to the National Council on the Humanities by President Bill Clinton on which he served in 2001.

Praise For…

"Delightful and informative, comfortable and full of wit and fancy. It reminds us why the Irish have been known as great storytellers for a millennium."
—Roger D. Abrahams, editor of African Folktales

"This latest volume of an already distinguished series maintains and even exceeds the high standards of the previous ones. The tales reveal the deep humanity of the Irish people; the commentary and notes reveal the humanity of Glassie. Very highly recommended."
— Library Journal

"A marvelous assortment selected from published (but often out-of-print) collections by the likes of pioneer collectors Lady Wilde, Robin Flower, and Jeremiah Curtin, and from unpublished manuscripts in private and state-owned archives."
Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Vivid and surprising  . . . The Irish gift for prolixity and verbal magic glistens throughout Glassie's collection."
Chicago Magazine
Product Details
ISBN: 9780679774129
ISBN-10: 0679774122
Publisher: Pantheon
Publication Date: February 11th, 1997
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library