The Celtic Twilight

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The Celtic Twilight

Faerie and Folklore

By William Butler Yeats

Dover Publications, Paperback, 9780486436579, 117pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2004

Best known for his poetry, William Butler Yeats (1865 1939) was also a dedicated exponent of Irish folklore. Yeats took a particular interest in the tales' mythic and magical roots. "The Celtic Twilight" ventures into the eerie and puckish world of fairies, ghosts, and spirits. "This handful of dreams," as the author referred to it, first appeared in 1893, and its title refers to the pre-dawn hours, when the Druids performed their rituals. It consists of stories recounted to the poet by his friends, neighbors, and acquaintances. Yeats' faithful transcription of their narratives includes his own visionary experiences, appended to the storytellers' words as a form of commentary.

About the Author
William Butler Yeats is generally considered to be Ireland s greatest poet, living or dead, and one of the most important literary figures of the twentieth century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923.