Folk Tales of Ireland

ISBN: 9780226639987

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Quick Overview

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