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Born in a Longford workhouse where his father was first teacher and then master, Padraic Colum grew into an important figure in the Irish literary renaissance before immigrating to the United States. Invited by the Fay brothers to join the National Theatre Society, he married the teacher and writer show more Mary Maguire, with whom he undertook several joint projects. The Colums immigrated to the United States in 1914. Colum kept up a varied production of verse, plays, fiction, criticism, and children's literature, together with active lecturing. His most extended teaching appointment was at Columbia University, where he and his wife offered a joint course in comparative literature. Colum felt that his Roman Catholic and peasant roots gave him a closer tie to the Irish folk than did the Protestant, Anglo-Irish background of many writers of the Irish renaissance. His poetry usually deals with common people and rural landscapes in a forthright manner. Colum was resolutely Irish, and his work for the most part avoids didacticism or sentimental nationalism in favor of straightforward presentation. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Padraic Colum

The King of Ireland's Son (1916) 303 copies
Treasury of Irish Folklore (1954) 282 copies
Myths of the World (1930) 103 copies
The Arabian Nights (1923) 74 copies
Legends of Hawaii (1937) 50 copies
An Anthology of Irish Verse (1948) 49 copies
Great Myths of the World (1930) 36 copies
Our friend James Joyce (1958) 35 copies
The Flying Swans (1957) 18 copies
Wild Earth and Other Poems (1922) 15 copies
The Road Round Ireland (1926) 13 copies
The Forge in the Forest (1925) 13 copies
Poems (1932) 12 copies
The White Sparrow (1933) 11 copies
Three Plays (1963) 10 copies
Cross Roads in Ireland (1930) 8 copies
Castle Conquer (1923) 7 copies
Creatures (1927) 6 copies
The Peep-Show Man (1924) 5 copies
Arthur Griffith 3 copies
The Vegetable Kingdom (1954) 3 copies
Images of Departure (1969) 2 copies
My Irish Year 2 copies
Three Men 1 copy
Irish Elegies (1965) 1 copy
Studies (2012) 1 copy
Old Pastures 1 copy
Poems of Samuel Ferguson (1963) — Editor — 1 copy

Associated Works

Dubliners (1914) — Introduction, some editions — 19,532 copies
Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales (1812) — Introduction, some editions — 14,136 copies
Tales of Mystery and Imagination (1832) — Introduction, some editions — 4,158 copies
The Vicar of Wakefield (1766) — Introduction, some editions — 2,800 copies
The Romance of Tristan and Iseult (1150) — Introduction, some editions — 1,929 copies
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners (1967) — Introduction, some editions — 1,189 copies
Exiles (1918) — Introduction, some editions — 615 copies
A Dreamer's Tale and Other Stories (1910) — Introduction, some editions — 283 copies
Auguste Rodin (1903) — Introduction, some editions — 239 copies
The New Junior Classics Volume 03: Myths and Legends (1938) — Contributor — 235 copies
The New Junior Classics Volume 04: Hero Tales (1938) — Contributor — 215 copies
The Penguin Book of Irish Verse (1981) — Contributor — 193 copies
The Charwoman's Daughter (1912) — Introduction, some editions — 165 copies
Complete Poems (1958) — Introduction, some editions — 118 copies
Hibernian Nights (1963) — Introduction, some editions — 79 copies
The Collegians (1829) — Introduction, some editions — 79 copies
The Everyman Anthology of Poetry for Children (1994) — Contributor — 72 copies
The Easter Book of Legends and Stories (1947) — Contributor — 34 copies
Ulysses in Nighttown (1958) 29 copies
60 Years of American Poetry (1996) — Contributor — 28 copies
What We Did on Our Holidays (1969) — Lyricist — 23 copies
The Land and People of Ireland (1953) — Introduction — 21 copies
Popular Irish Poetry (1995) — Contributor — 19 copies
The Golden Wind (1929) — Introduction — 12 copies
A James Stephens Reader (1962) — Introduction, some editions — 9 copies
Spring World, Awake: Stories, Poems, and Essays (1970) — Contributor — 9 copies
All Sails Set (1948) — Contributor — 8 copies
New Songs: A Lyric Selection — Contributor — 5 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 7, March 1977 (1977) — Contributor — 4 copies
Pastimes of James Joyce — Afterword — 2 copies
The Poems of Jonathan Swift — some editions — 2 copies

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I was really glad to finally get an overview of Norse mythology. The interlude about the Volsungs seems out of place, and I was already somewhat familiar with it, but it was good reading all the same. It's interesting to see how parts of these stories have been used by modern writers in their own way: most obviously Lewis and Tolkien, but I suspect also George R.R. Martin.
 
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judeprufrock | 17 other reviews | Jul 4, 2023 |
I don’t know much about Greek Mythology. But, hey, Zeus and Hercules and all that stuff has always been SUPER cool when it’s shown up in TV and movies! And then… yaaaaaaawn. I was reading sentences, and realizing that the material in the sentences should have been exciting. There was fighting. There was lots of drama and abrupt life (-no, WORLD-) altering things. Plus, explanations for the heavens and seasons and so on. That should be really interesting. For whatever reason, I couldn’t get along with the author’s writing style. It was easy enough to understand, it just wasn’t easy to enjoy. It wasn’t a terrible book, and I genuinely did like pieces; I’m merely pained by thinking that something SHOULD be so much more fun.… (more)
 
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