Irish Fiction Friday: James Stephens: Irish Fairy Tales

Welcome to Irish Fiction Friday! This week join us in the land of fairy with James Stephens

James Stephens was born in Dublin on February 9, 1880. He graduated as a solicitor’s clerk but became registrar in the National Gallery of Ireland from 1915 to 1925. He produced many retellings of Irish myths and fairy tales. He was both a poet and a novelist and became a good friend to James Joyce. Between 1940 and his death on December 26, 1950, Stephens also did a series of broadcasts for the BBC.

Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) was a well-known British illustrator, widely regarded as one of the leading illustrators from the “Golden Age” of British book illustration.

Irish Fairy Tales was originally published in 1920 and is one of 8 books by Stephens that can be found on Project Gutenberg.