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Folktales of Ireland (New)
by O'Sullivan, Sean
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Book ID: 9780226639987, 0226639983
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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
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