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  • Paperback: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Forgotten Books (28 Dec 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 160506145X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605061450
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 912,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"William Butler Yeats (pronounced /jets/; 13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was an Irish poet and dramatist, and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature. He was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival, and together with Lady Gregory and Edward Martyn founded the Abbey Theatre, and served as its chief during its early years. A pillar of the Irish literary establishment in his later years, Yeats was an Irish Senator for two terms. In 1923, he was awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature for what the Nobel Committee described as "inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation". Yeats is generally considered one of the few writers whose greatest works were completed after being awarded the Nobel Prize; such works include The Tower (1928) and The Winding Stair and Other Poems (1929).

Yeats was educated in Dublin, but spent his childhood in Sligo. He studied poetry in his youth, and from an early age was fascinated by both Irish legends and the occult. These topics feature in the first phase of his work, which lasted roughly until the turn of the century. His earliest volume of verse was published in 1900, and these slowly paced and lyrical poems display debts to Edmund Spenser and Percy Bysshe Shelley, as well as to the lyricism of the Pre-Raphaelite poets. From 1900, Yeats' poetry grew more physical and realistic renouncing the transcendentalism of his youth, though he remained preoccupied with physical and spiritual masks and cyclical theories of life. Over the years Yeats adopted many different ideological positions, including, in the words of the critic Michael Valdez Moses, "those of radical nationalist, classical liberal, reactionary conservative and Nihilists"." (Quote from wikipedia.org)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 July 1997
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These stories that Yeats collected are as deeply moving as his poetry. You have the feeling that this collection is a part of the deep well that Yeats' created his earlier 'Celtic Twilight' poetry from. These stories are faery tales, but there is an element of realism to them for, as you read, you doubt not the truth of the tales, and immediately want to escape to Ireland and dance on the hills with the fey folk. Read this in the winter by the fire with a copy of Yeats' early poetry and prepare for a twilight wandering amongst shadowy woods, quiet country roads and green green hills. This is one of those books which you hold up to your heart upon completion, and sigh deeply from the experience of reading it - more of a journey than the act of turning pages and interpreting words....
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Jan 1997
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This is an excellent collection. All sorts of creatures and strange happenings are described, and a good number of the stories are told in the dialect of the person who the story was gotten from (Yeats & his friends traveled around Ireland collecting stories from the people they met - recording the oral traditions, if you will.).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pyewacket TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Sep 2013
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I love the poetry of Yeats and although this isn't a book of poetry it was still a fabulous read. (There are some poems in it though).

Yeats and other respected Authors had collected over the years fairy tales from the Irish Peasantry and they were then collated into one book.

It was a nice surprise to find that I hadn't heard of a single fairy tale in this book. This made it so exciting to read that I couldn't put it down and therefore read it nearly in one go.

I like the way there is at the end of some of the chapters, an explanation of how to pronounce some of Celtic words and Names. I had of course heard of the Beansidhe, The FirBolg, the Tuatha de Danaan and the 'Gentry', the Gancanagh, The Leprchauns and the Sidhe.

This was a great little book and even better because it was free. I have to admit that I would have paid the full price for it otherwise.

Great reading and recommended for children and adults alike.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chinatown Blue TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Feb 2010
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I bought this as a gift for my mother, who loves Yeats' poetry, but I couldn't resist peeking in myself before she had it; and as soon as she had read it I borrowed it. A charming collection of tales, most of which I'd never come across before, these are told by Yeats with a great fondness for both the culture of Ireland and the people he had the stories from. The choices are varied, from comic to spine-chilling, and beautifully told. A gem, unjustly forgotten.
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I liked this volume of folktales collected by W.B. Yeats. Tales of fairies and banshees and other strange creatures abound. A must read for anyone interested in all things Irish.
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