Irish Tales Of The Fairies And The Ghost World

Author: Jeremiah Curtin
Editor: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486411392
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Thirty beguiling stories of sprites and specters told to a Smithsonian ethnographer in 19th-century Ireland. "The Ghost of Sneem," "Tom Moore and the Seal Woman," "The Blood-Drawing Ghost," many more.

Tales Of The Fairies And Of The Ghost World

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Thirty beguiling stories of sprites, wraiths, and specters appear here, as they were told to a Smithsonian Institution ethnographer in rural 19th-century Ireland. Stories include "Tom Connors and the Dead Girl," "Maurice Griffin and the Fairy Doctor," "The Ghost of Sneem," "Tom Moore and the Seal Woman," "The Blood-Drawing Ghost," and many more

Fictions Of The Irish Literary Revival

Author: John Wilson Foster
Editor: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 9780815623748
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This is a critical survey of the fiction and non-fiction written in Ireland during the key years between 1880 and 1920, or what has become known as the Irish Literary Renaissance. The book considers both the prose and the social and cultural forces working through it.

Tales Of The Fairies And Of The Ghost World

Author: Jeremiah Curtin
Editor: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781505784541
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IF we were asked to designate by a single epithet most of the stories in this little volume, that epithet would be weird. Within the compass of an equal number of pages we hardly know a collection of folk-lore, at any rate of recent date, containing so many thoroughly uncanny stories. Mr. Curtin is an indefatigable and successful collector. Hitherto his publications have been of märchen and hero-tales allied to märchen in their Celtic magnificence and repudiation of the conventions of ordinary romance. The present volume deals with sagas which, told, as they usually are in Ireland, among a believing peasantry, must go near to making "each particular hair to stand an-end," must at least rouse the imagination of the hearers and surround them with terrible sights and sounds long strange to us who dwell in the garish daylight of a different world. All the stories, it is true, are not of this kind. Some of them witness to a livelier humour, such as we meet in the tales told from East to West of woman's tricks and woman's wiles. But they bear a small proportion to the rest, and even they are touched with the same uncanny tone. Scientifically the chief question raised by the stories, as pointed out by Mr. Alfred Nutt in his excellent preface, is that of the connection between the different classes of supernatural beings. The attributes of a ghost-that is to say, the spirit of a dead man-are indistinguishable from those of a fairy. Witches are not brought so prominently before us as ghosts and fairies; it is equally certain, however, from what we know elsewhere, that the attributes of witches and of fairies are often confounded, if, indeed, they be not the same. We have lately had before our eyes an example in the "Witch-burning" case at Clonmel. The unfortunate woman who was burnt to death was regarded as a fairy changeling, but she seems to have been spoken of indifferently as a witch. We must turn to savage beliefs for an explanation of this. There we find no distinction between the powers of disembodied human spirits and those of other mysterious beings; and the same powers are capable of being acquired by shamans, medicine-men, or whatever else they may be called. The fact seems to be that, although in process of time distinctions have been evolved between different classes of supernatural existences, the evolution has been imperfect, and much remains of their common character. The volume before us comprises, of course, many variants of tales already well known, while others appear to be quite new. All are told with freshness; and most of them illustrate with striking force Mr. Curtin's statement that the beliefs to which they relate " are among the main articles of faith for a good number of the old people" still living. Scattered up and down are interesting observations on the practices of the peasantry, those on funeral customs and the superstitions attaching to the clothes of the dead being specially worth study. We have our doubts whether Mr. Curtin possesses the qualifications for "a connected and systematic account of Gaelic mythic belief and legend" for which Mr. Nutt longs at his hands. But that he has many of the qualities of a successful investigator as well as of a first-rate collector his books amply prove, and the Tales of the Fairies is not the least among his books in this respect. -Folklore, Volume 6 [1895]

A Companion To Folklore

Author: Regina F. Bendix
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444354388
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A Companion to Folklore presents an original and comprehensive collection of essays from international experts in the field of folklore studies. Unprecedented in depth and scope, this state-of-the-art collection uniquely displays the vitality of folklore research across the globe. An unprecedented collection of original, state of the art essays on folklore authored by international experts Examines the practices and theoretical approaches developed to understand the phenomena of folklore Considers folklore in the context of multi-disciplinary topics that include poetics, performance, religious practice, myth, ritual and symbol, oral textuality, history, law, politics and power as well as the social base of folklore Selected by Choice as a 2013 Outstanding Academic Title

Fairy Folk Tales Of Ireland

Author: William Butler Yeats
Editor: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0684829525
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Collected stories depict the antics of the fairies, ghosts, evil spirits, saints, and other unique characters found in the folklore of Ireland

The Fairy Mythology Of Shakespeare

Author: Mr Alfred Nutt
Editor: Ardent Media
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About the Book Books on British and Irish Theatre mainly contain the full scripts of plays that were written in Britain and Ireland. The theatre flourished in Elizabethan times, led by William Shakespeare, was paused during the Puritan period, but restored in the late 17th century. Other titles provide critical analysis of plays. A long list of British and Irish plays written and performed between the 16th and 20th centuries has been preserved, some examples being: the full complement of Shakespeare's plays, Golden Texts from the Works of William Shakespeare, Marlowe's The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, Sweet Lavender, The Mob, The Case of Rebellious Susan, Tristram & Iseult, The Sorcerer, and The Admirable Crichton. About us Trieste Publishing's aim is to provide readers with the highest quality reproductions of fiction and non-fiction literature that has stood the test of time. Our titles are produced from scans of the original books and as a result may sometimes have imperfections. To ensure a high-quality product we have: thoroughly reviewed every page of all the books in the catalog repaired some of the text in some cases, and rejected titles that are not of the highest quality. You can look up "Trieste Publishing" in categories that interest you to find other titles in our large collection. Come home to the books that made a difference

Celtic Gods And Heroes

Author: Marie-Louise Sjoestedt
Editor: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486115887
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Noted French scholar and linguist discusses gods of the continental Celts, beginnings of mythology in Ireland, Irish mother-goddesses and chieftain-gods, and heroes.

History Of British Folklore

Author: Richard Mercer Dorson
Editor: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415204774
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First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Folktales Of Ireland

Author: Sean O'Sullivan
Editor: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226639987
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Few countries can boast such a plentitude of traditional folktales as Ireland. In 1935, the creation of The Irish Folklore Commission set in motion the first organized efforts of collecting and studying a multitude of folktales, both written as well as those of the Irish oral tradition. The Commission has collected well over a million pages of manuscripts. Folktales of Ireland offers chief archivist Sean O'Sullivan's representation of this awe-inspiring collection. These tales represent the first English language collection of Gaelic folktales. "Without doubt the finest group of Irish tales that has yet been published in English."—The Guardian "O'Sullivan writes out of an intimacy with his subject and an instinctive grasp of the language of the originals. He tells us that his archives contain more than a million and a half pages of manuscript. If Mr. O'Sullivan translates them, I'll read them."—Seamus Heaney, New Statesman "The stories have an authentic folktale flavor and will satisfy both the student of folklore and the general reader."—Booklist