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The Ballads and Poems of J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Introduced by Alfred Perceval Graves
Sheridan Le Fanu Series #2
Printings: August 2011 (150)
Style: A5, hand-sewn pamphlet
Length: xi + 45 pages
"When in the year 1880 I wrote a memoir of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, as a Preface to his 'Purcell Papers', I was not aware that, besides being the author of the Irish poems contained in that collection of Irish stories and of the celebrated 'Shamus O'Brien', Le Fanu had anonymously contributed half-a-dozen other poems to the Dublin University Magazine between the years 1863 and 1866; two of which . . . exhibit Le Fanu's genius in a new and unexpected light. They show him to have been capable of dramatic and lyrical creation on a distinctly higher plane than he had hitherto reached . . . The same magnetic attributes of superhuman mystery, grim or ghastly humour and diabolic horror which characterise the finest of his prose fictions meet us again." -from the Introduction by A. P. Graves
This booklet reproduces much of the contents of The Poems of Le Fanu, which was first published in 1896. The original introduction by Alfred Perceval Graves is herein reproduced as are the appendices. New to this edition are extracts from Seventy Years of Irish Life in which the author's brother, William Le Fanu, included extracts of juvenile poetry ("O'Donoghue" and "Valentine to Miss K"); and a selection of contemporary reviews. Contents: Introduction, "Duan na Claev—The Legend of the Glaive", "Shamus O'Brien", "Phaudhrig Crohoore", "Molly, My Dear", "Abhain au Bhuideil—Address of a Drunkard to a Bottle of Whiskey", "Song", "Memory", "The Stream", "A Doggrel in a Dormant-Window", Notes on "Shamus O'Brien", Notes on "Phaudhrig Crohoore", Extracts from Seventy Years of Irish Life, and Contemporary Reviews.
Other Swan River titles by or about Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Reminiscences of a Bachelor (2014)
Dreams of Shadow and Smoke: Stories for J.S. Le Fanu (2014)
Laura Silver Bell (2012)
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu — A Concise Bibliography (2011)
The Complete Ghost Stories of Chapelizod (2011)
My Aunt Margaret's Adventure (2009)
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