Early Irish Myths    -     By: Jeffrey Gantz
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Early Irish Myths

Penguin Classics / 1982 / Paperback

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Written in the eight century AD, these early Irish myths and stories provide a rich look into what their lives and rituals looked like. Filled with gods, warrior ideas, adventures and romance, these ancient tales form the basis for the Irish literary tradition. 279 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 1982
Dimensions: 8.12 X 5.12 (inches)
ISBN: 0140443975
ISBN-13: 9780140443974

Publisher's Description

First written down in the eighth century AD, these early Irish stories depict a far older world—part myth, part legend and part history. Rich with magic and achingly beautiful, they speak of a land of heroic battles, intense love and warrior ideals, in which the otherworld is explored and men mingle freely with the gods. From the vivid adventures of the great Celtic hero Cu Chulaind, to the stunning "Exile of the Sons of Uisliu"—a tale of treachery, honour and romance—these are masterpieces of passion and vitality, and form the foundation for the Irish literary tradition: a mythic legacy that was a powerful influence on the work of Yeats, Synge and Joyce.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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