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New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. 1st Printing of This Signet Classic Edition. Very Good In Wrappers. Afterword By Walter Starkie. 155 pages. April 1962. CP116. paperback. ISBN: . inventory # 25362. FROM THE PUBLISHER-The tragic theme of Deirdre has meant for every Irish man and woman what the legend of Helen of Troy meant for the ancient Greeks, and Deirdre's beauty has inspired the Gaelic poets for centuries, ' writes Walter Starkie in his Afterword. He goes on to point out that of all the modern versions of the legend-including those by W. B. Yeats and J. M. Synge-'only that of James Stephens tells the complete tragic tale according to the Gaelic original. ' James Stephens' Deirdre is a magical novel couched in antiquity's bold and barbaric trappings. It is a story of innocence and experience, of the clash of desires between youth and middle age. '[He) has all my admiration. '-W. B. Yeats. 'To James Stephens Demeter gave the rhapsodic gift of minstrelsy as well as storytelling, which impelled him to forsake the higher slopes of Parnassus for the lonely glens and raths haunted by the 'shee, ' the ghostly descendants of the ancient heroes of the Gaels. '-Walter Starkie.
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