W. B. Yeats: Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry

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  • Anne Markey (Trinity College Dublin )

Acknowledged as one of the greatest creative writers of the twentieth century, W. B. Yeats published his first full-length work, Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry (1888), when he was just twenty-three years old. This anthology of mainly traditional material includes stories previously published by early collectors of, and commentators on, Irish folklore, including Thomas Crofton Croker, William Carleton, Patrick Kennedy, Samuel Lover, Lady Jane Wilde and Douglas Hyde. With the exception of Douglas Hyde, these collectors manipulated traditional Irish-language oral material to enhance its appeal to English-speaking readers. Yeats’s anthology, therefore, cannot be regarded as giving an objectively authentic …

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Markey, Anne. "Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 November 2006
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