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For a comparatively small country, Ireland’s contributions to the world of literature have been enormous. From the older tradition, Irish writers have inherited a sense of wonder in the face of nature, a narrative style that tends toward the deliberately exaggerated or absurd, a keen sense of the power of satire. These themes carry through the entire canon of Irish literat For a comparatively small country, Ireland’s contributions to the world of literature have been enormous. From the older tradition, Irish writers have inherited a sense of wonder in the face of nature, a narrative style that tends toward the deliberately exaggerated or absurd, a keen sense of the power of satire. These themes carry through the entire canon of Irish literature, up until modern times. Stephen Brennan brings us this collection of classic stories, essays, and fairytales that inform the past and therefore, the present, of our most beloved fiction. This collection of thirty-six stories includes the influential works of Ireland’s most treasured authors, including: • Oscar Wilde • Jonathan Swift • James Joyce • W. B. Yeats • And so many more! In Irish Stories and Folklore, the reader can revisit old favorites like Oscar Wilde’s short story, “The Canterville Ghost” and discover lesser known treasures such as, “The Orangeman: Or the Honest Boy and the Thief” by Maria Edgeworth. The imaginative stories contained in this volume are sure to engage the mind and delight readers looking to enhance their knowledge of the rich history of Irish literature and folklore. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction—novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.


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For a comparatively small country, Ireland’s contributions to the world of literature have been enormous. From the older tradition, Irish writers have inherited a sense of wonder in the face of nature, a narrative style that tends toward the deliberately exaggerated or absurd, a keen sense of the power of satire. These themes carry through the entire canon of Irish literat For a comparatively small country, Ireland’s contributions to the world of literature have been enormous. From the older tradition, Irish writers have inherited a sense of wonder in the face of nature, a narrative style that tends toward the deliberately exaggerated or absurd, a keen sense of the power of satire. These themes carry through the entire canon of Irish literature, up until modern times. Stephen Brennan brings us this collection of classic stories, essays, and fairytales that inform the past and therefore, the present, of our most beloved fiction. This collection of thirty-six stories includes the influential works of Ireland’s most treasured authors, including: • Oscar Wilde • Jonathan Swift • James Joyce • W. B. Yeats • And so many more! In Irish Stories and Folklore, the reader can revisit old favorites like Oscar Wilde’s short story, “The Canterville Ghost” and discover lesser known treasures such as, “The Orangeman: Or the Honest Boy and the Thief” by Maria Edgeworth. The imaginative stories contained in this volume are sure to engage the mind and delight readers looking to enhance their knowledge of the rich history of Irish literature and folklore. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction—novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

58 review for Irish Stories and Folklore: A Collection of Thirty-Six Classic Tales

  1. 4 out of 5

    J.S.

    I seem to always have a book in my hand so that whenever I get a moment I've got something to read. And while I normally don't read short stories, I find them nice when I'm between books or just want something different for a few minutes or a Sunday afternoon. And this is a nice collection of mostly stories I had never heard before. Stephen Brennan has pulled together a collection of stories from Irish authors - some old and from famous authors and some newer. You'll probably notice a number of t I seem to always have a book in my hand so that whenever I get a moment I've got something to read. And while I normally don't read short stories, I find them nice when I'm between books or just want something different for a few minutes or a Sunday afternoon. And this is a nice collection of mostly stories I had never heard before. Stephen Brennan has pulled together a collection of stories from Irish authors - some old and from famous authors and some newer. You'll probably notice a number of them here - Oscar Wilde (4), Jonathan Swift (4), James Joyce (3), and W.B. Yeats (2) were the names I recognized. And the stories seem to run the spectrum from old folklore to classic short stories, amusing to sad, short at a couple of pages to long at around 20. The only one I think I'd read before was Wilde's The Canterville Ghost, but I find them to be a pleasant read - and my Irish ancestry is only a small part of my heritage (much much more on my wife's side). Overall, a nice collection for those afternoons and evenings when I just want a short story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Atlin Merrick

    I'm not sure if it's me or the style of folklore in Ireland but…well…I was bored. The book does include a wide range of writers, which I welcome, but mostly I just couldn't get into the tales. Like reader lack. A plus is that there are many short-short stories to give you a taste of things if time is precious. I'm not sure if it's me or the style of folklore in Ireland but…well…I was bored. The book does include a wide range of writers, which I welcome, but mostly I just couldn't get into the tales. Like reader lack. A plus is that there are many short-short stories to give you a taste of things if time is precious.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lynne

    The stories written by Oscar Wilde were wonderful and some of the others were also enjoyable, but there were quite a few that were forgettable.

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    Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez

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    Meghan L

    To be honest, I skipped three of the stories. They were so dry. On the other hand, some of them were beautiful, some funny, some confusing. I loved the Oscar Wilde pieces, especially The Young King, and The Canterville Ghost. I also really enjoyed Patrick Pearse's The Thief. Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal confused me. I had to Google it later, to see if he was serious or if it was satirical. There's such a variety of written work in this book, and it was interesting to go through it and hear To be honest, I skipped three of the stories. They were so dry. On the other hand, some of them were beautiful, some funny, some confusing. I loved the Oscar Wilde pieces, especially The Young King, and The Canterville Ghost. I also really enjoyed Patrick Pearse's The Thief. Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal confused me. I had to Google it later, to see if he was serious or if it was satirical. There's such a variety of written work in this book, and it was interesting to go through it and hear some of the traditional and not so tradition tales from Ireland.

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    Henry Regehr

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