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Crock of Gold Paperback – 1912

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co; first edition (1912)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0766157784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0766157781
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 20.3 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,378,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Stephens (1882–1950) was an Irish novelist and poet. James Stephens wrote many retellings of Irish myths and fairy tales. His retellings are marked by a rare combination of humor and lyricism (Deirdre, and Irish Fairy Tales are often singled out for praise). He also wrote several books (Crock of Gold, Etched in Moonlight, Demi-Gods) which are fiction, but loosely based on Irish fairy tales. "Crock of Gold," in particular, achieved enduring popularity, and was frequently reprinted throughout the author's lifetime. Stephens began his career as a poet under the tutelage of "Æ" (George William Russell); his first book of poems, "Insurrections," was published in 1909. His last book, "Kings and the Moon" (1938), was also a volume of verse. In the 1930's Stephens had some acquaintance with James Joyce, who found that they shared a birth year (and, Joyce mistakenly believed, a birthday). Joyce, who was concerned with his ability to finish what would later become Finnegans Wake, proposed at one point that Stephens assist him, with the authorship credited to JJ & S (James Joyce & Stephens, also a pun for the popular Irish whiskey made by John Jameson & Sons). The plan, however, never came to fruition, as Joyce was able to complete the work on his own. In the last decade of his life, Stephens found a new audience through a series of broadcasts on the BBC. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
James Stephens was working as a clerk in a solicitor's office in Dublin when he wrote this book. As far as I know It was written around 1911. This book Places Mr Stephens among the ranks of writers such as W.B. Yeats & James Joyce.
A match for Lewis Carroll's Alice stories, this book is a treasure of Irish literature. Philosophers, Policemen, Leprechauns, and a naked woman here & there all provide the ingredients for a great read. Why has Holywood ignored this script I ask?
My favorite line from The book " A sword, a spade, and a thought should never be allowed to rust."
Ok just one more " The scalp of your enemy is progress"
Buy this classic, place it next to Joyce & Yeats on your bookshelf.
Go raibh Maith agat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By silvah on 1 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
This book was a gloriously magical reading experience. Suitable for all ages and temperaments, it is an adventure celebrating Life and Love in all its aspects. It provides something for everyone, lyrical prose, humour, mischief, nature as we SHOULD but know it, loss and yearning, innocence of childhood...I could go on and on. It is a story with many layers of meaning, one to remember forever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Sturch on 16 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
The content is absolutely glorious. It manages to be funny and serious, even solemn. It moves between legend, fantasy and even at times the commonplace. It is full of gems of language (a curse in ehich "policemsn were exposed naked to the blushes of Eternity", for instance0. But the production is awful. It seems to have been reproduced from an edition with smaller pages, and whenever a word was hyphenated at the end of a line, the hyphen is solemny reproduced in the middle of th text. So while the book itself merits five stars, this edition scores only two!
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