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Cuchulain of Muirthemne The Story of the Men of the Red Branch of Ulster

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ISBN-10: 0486417174

ISBN-13: 9780486417172

Edition: 2001

Authors: Lady Gregory

List price: $11.95
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Dramatic, enthralling accounts of the legendary Cuchulain, the greatest of ancient Ireland’s legendary Knights of the Red Branch, tell of his birth and boyhood deeds, superhuman exploits in love and war, and premature death, all in the same beautifully simple style Lady Gregory first heard in stories told by her childhood nurse. Preface by W. B. Yeats.
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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/21/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Lady Gregory's literary life did not blossom until after the death of her husband, Sir William Gregory, in 1892. At that time, she became very interested in Irish literature and history. After meeting William Butler Yeats in 1898, she dedicated her talent, wealth, and position to nurturing Irish national consciousness, and the growing renaissance of Irish literature. Lady Gregory was one of the founders of the Irish National Theatre Society, the author of books on Irish folklore, and an important playwright. Her story of the revival of native drama for the Irish stage is told in Our Irish Theatre (1913). Her journals reveal her as courageous and honest, with the gift of bringing out the best in the many people she befriended, among them W. B. Yeats, whose close friend and collaborator she remained from their meeting in the 1890s. She directed the Abbey Theatre with him until her death and with him wrote the play Kathleen ni Houlihan (1902). Her own, usually brief, plays were Irish legendary fantasies, patriotic historical dramas, and the comedies of peasant life for which she is best known. Simplicity, which Lady Gregory as a writer always sought, should not be confused with naivete. Her balanced dialogue and "constant stripping away of easy sentiment" have been commented on by her editor, Ann Saddlemyer. Among the eclectic Abbey Theatre playwrights, Lady Gregory was a source of unity and consistency.