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Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry

W. B. Yeats

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This is a collection of Fairy and Folk tales. The poet William Butler Yeats collected them from around the Western part of Ireland and translated them near the end of the 1800s

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. . .turned the lady into all sorts of strange shapes. At one moment she was a black dog, barking and trying to bite; at another, a glowing bar of iron, which yet had no heat; then, again, a sack of wool.

But still Jamie held her, and the baffled elves were turning away, when a tiny woman, the smallest of the party, exclaimed, "Jamie Freel has her awa' frae us, but he sall hae nae gude o' her, for I'll mak' her deaf and dumb," and she threw something over the young girl.

While they rode off disappointed, Jamie lifted the latch and went in.

"Jamie, man!" cried his mother, "you've been awa' all night; what have they done on you?"

"Naething bad, mother; I ha' the very best of gude luck. Here's a beautiful young lady I ha' brought you for company.

"Bless us an' save us!" exclaimed the mother, and for some minutes she was so astonished that she could not think of anything else to say.

Jamie told his story of the night's adv. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This surprised me – I was suspecting this to be very much like the Grimm or Calvino efforts. You know, lots of familiar fairy tales but told in a tippering way with a fetching Irish brogue. If you are after such then you’ll have to jump nearly to the very end of this collection. These stories would

This is a rather lovely collection of folk tales and fairy stories, put together by W.B. Yeats. It’s organised into chapters by subject; we get chapters focusing on stories about giants, witches, banshees, etc. and even a slightly bizarre chapter on jackdaws of all things.

Don’t make the mistake I di

This collection of Irish lore by Nobel laureate W. B. Yeats is extremely thorough. What most intrigues me about folk and fairy tales is their role as modern-day fables, offering advice about life and how to live it. Great for people interested in the nuances of Irish culture.

Excellent collection of the various folk lore of Ireland.

Yeats divides up the various types of folk tales from fairies (changlings, merrow, solitary fairies like the lepracaun, the pooka and banshee), to ghosts and also witches and fairy doctors.

He also has a collection of stories about saints, prie

If you think the Grimm brothers were macabre, wait till you get a load at these clever tales.

The fairy tales and folk tales of Ireland have had a vast cultural influence throughout the world. All the more fortunate, therefore, that Ireland’s greatest poet, William Butler Yeats, undertook in the late 19th century to collect those tales and present them in an accessible and engaging format. Y


"WHILE I wrought out these fitful Danaan rhymes,
My heart would brim with dreams about the times
When we bent down above the fading coals
And talked of the dark folk who live in souls
Of passionate men, like bats in the dead trees;

A rapturous music, till the m

A rich collection of beguiling tales of encounters between Irish peasant-folk and the Daoine Sidhe, the Fairy People, or “fallen angels who are not good enough to be saved, nor bad enough to be lost” as quoted by Yeats in his commentary. Here you will find merrows, changelings, leprechauns, the Bans

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Questo libro racchiude la migliore tradizione fiabesca irlandese, tra fate, folletti, streghe, sirene e giganti, raccolti dal grande poeta in due volumi, che qui si trovano in edizione integrale. Molto interessante e piacevole nella lettura anche perchè la maggior parte dei racconti sono corti. Per

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