Thursday, March 17, 2011

Irish Lit and Celtic Myths

As a nod to the only American holiday where we celebrate drinking as a competitive sport....uh, I mean Irish Pride, I thought it would be appropriate to write a little something about one of my favorite Irish authors and playwrights, Lady Gregory (March 15, 1852-May 22 1932). 
She wrote extensively about Irish folklore with a heavy emphasis on the fair folk and Celtic myths and legends. She was a contemporary and literary companion of Yeats, and the two collaborated often. 
With Yeats she founded the Irish Literary Theatre and the Abby Theatre, now the national theater of Ireland, which is still in existence today. 
If you are a writer looking for ideas, or a fan of all things fairy, Lady Gregory is an excellent place to start, and, in my humble opinion, an essential part of any myth, folklore and fairy lover's collection. Below I've posted a link to one of her books of Celtic fairy and myth, as well as to her best known play, Kincora, about Ireland's version of Braveheart: Brian Boru

KINCORA: available for Free Download at Google Books.

The Unicorn from the Stars

Gods and Fighting Men 

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