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Carleton, William

Traits & Stories of the Irish Peasantry: Volume 1

Soft cover

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Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry can be considered to be Carleton’s greatest work. It went through a number of transformations before the ‘definitive edition’ was published in 1842-44. This edition was the last that Carleton actually oversaw; thus it is the culmination of his own work on the collection. Traits and Stories contains a wealth of illustrations by famous illustra­tors of the time. They give a good impression of the tales themselves, being crowded with laughing, weeping, fighting, working, playing, dying, and praying peasants in sublime scenery, poverty-stricken cot­tages, cosy public houses, trim farms, broken-down barns, hillside chapels, hedge schools, and hovels. The inhabitants of Carleton’s world are villains, scholars, horse-thieves, pig-drivers, priests, farmers and shopkeepers. He aimed to show the Irish peasant honestly to the world, choosing simple, strong plots. Contemporary critics praised Carleton most for the ‘light and shade’ of his depictions of Irish charac­ter, and much of his power lies in the combination and contracts of light and shade, good and evil. 21.6 x 13.8 cm. with all the original illustrative etchings

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Format

Soft cover

Writer

Carleton, William

Publisher

Colin Smythe Ltd

Publication Year

2002

ISBN

9780861401727

Language

English