Memoirs of childhood in Ireland, a sentimental novel of an Irish village that sits at the edge of sparkling Destiny Bay. The story concerns the marriage of an Irish nobleman to a gipsy in 1889, and romance among his descendants. Destiny Bay was adapted by Tom Geraghty, John Meehan, and Brinsley MacNamara as the script for Wings of the Morning ...Read MoreMemoirs of childhood in Ireland, a sentimental novel of an Irish village that sits at the edge of sparkling Destiny Bay. The story concerns the marriage of an Irish nobleman to a gipsy in 1889, and romance among his descendants. Destiny Bay was adapted by Tom Geraghty, John Meehan, and Brinsley MacNamara as the script for Wings of the Morning (Harold Schuster 1937), being Britain's first Technicolor feature movie; the score was sung by John McCormackDonn Byrne (Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne) was born in New York City. Shortly after his birth, however, his parents took him back to the land of his forefathers. There he was educated and came to know the people of whom he wrote so magically. At Dublin University his love for the Irish language and for a good fight won him many prizes, first as a writer in Gaelic and second as the University's lightweight boxing champion. After continuing his studies at the Sorbonne and the University of Leipzig, he returned to the United States, where, in 1911, he married and established a home in Brooklyn Heights. He earned his living, while trying to write short stories, as an editor of dictionaries. Soon his tales began to attract attention and he added to his collection of boxing prizes many others won in short-story contests. When Messer Marco Polo appeared in 1921 his reputation in the literary world was firmly established. Thereafter, whatever he wrote was hailed enthusiastically by his ever-growing public, until 1928, when his tragic death in an automobile accident cut short the career of one of America's best-loved story-tellers.Read Less
Very Good-with no dust jacket. Marfree, early prtg bound in green cloth, wear & sunning to spine, no DJ; name on yellow endpaper, not marked-in, underscored, clearance or discard. Mails from NYC usually within 12 hours.; 350 pages.
None. Fair. No Jacket. 7.75x5.25 inches. 350 pages. Green cover with gilt lettering, same on spine. Spine lettering darkened. Edgewear. Owner's name on front endpaper. Cover stains. Foredge soil. Wear. Faded spine.
Good. Green cloth boards. Ex-library with usual markings attachments, and usage. Som scuffing to edges of boards. Top of spine cloth has small tear. Overall clean and unmarked inside and out, a tight, square copy.
Mr. Byrne is in a class by himself when it comes to description. I can see the purple heather and the sally on Spanish Man's Rest perfectly. The essence of Irishness is caught in the structure of the text and the activities of the characters. There are several stories here, mainly about the same characters at different stages of their lives. One or two stories are only a couple of pages long and are so-so. The rest are all very good. The Tale of James Carabine is set in New York. It doesn't have the magic the rest do. Kerry and Uncle Valentine and Aunt Jenepher are respectable characters. Byrne cleverly uses Kerry to say Valentine has passed on in the Tale of Kerry. The whole thought of a gypsy wagon rolling down the hill with a dead woman on board to witness her horse win is shamefully funny. That dealt with a rule my mother didn't even know. When writing about Eire and all its magic, Mr. Byrne is tough to beat.
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