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Irish Folktales
Irish Folktales
Author: Henry Glassie
Robust and funny, sorrowful and heroic, this collection of 125 lively tales tells the story of Ireland. Spanning the centuries from the first wars of the ancient Irish kings through the Celtic Renaissance of Yeats to our own time, they are set in cities, villages, fields and forests from the wild Gaelic western coast to the modern streets of Dub...  more »
ISBN: 241973
Publication Date: 10/12/1985
Pages: 353
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Publisher: Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library
Book Type: Paperback
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This is a very nice collection of more than 100 Irish folktales. The book divides the tales into several categories: The Old Story which includes classic tales and acts as a prelude to the rest of the book, Faith, Wit, Mystery, History, and Fireside Tales. The writing is very accessible and engaging, as folktales should be. The collection makes for a wonderful read but goes above and beyond most folktale collections by being very scholarly as well. Recoded for each tale is a location, date, source, and notes. A 9 page bibliography in the back provided me a great springboard for learning more. Overall, highly recommended for both the scholar, the enthusiast, and the casual reader.