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Beside The Fire

By Hyde, Douglas

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Reproduction Date: 2014

Title: Beside The Fire  
Author: Hyde, Douglas
Language: English
Subject: Sacred Texts, Legends and Sagas, Celtic
Collections: Sacred Texts
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Publisher: London, David Nutt


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Description: Beside The Fire: A Collection of Irish Gaelic Folk Stories by Douglas Hyde IRISH and Scotch Gaelic folk-stories are, as a living form of literature, by this time pretty nearly a thing of the past. They have been trampled in the common ruin under the feet of the Zeitgeist, happily not before a large harvest has been reaped in Scotland, but, unfortunately, before anything worth mentioning has been done in Ireland to gather in the crop which grew luxuriantly a few years ago. Until quite recently there existed in our midst millions of men and women who, when their day's work was over, sought and found mental recreation in a domain to which few indeed of us who read books are permitted to enter. Man, all the world over, when he is tired of the actualities of life, seeks to unbend his mind with the creations of fancy. We who can read betake ourselves to our favourite novelist, and as we peruse his fictions, we can almost see our author erasing this, heightening that, and laying on such-and-such a touch for effect. His book is the product of his individual brain, and some of us or of our contemporaries have been present at its genesis.


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