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She Stoops to Conquer and Other Comedies

This edition brings together four eighteenth-century comedies that illustrate the full variety of the social and cultural mores of the time. Free two-day shipping for college students. Available on Amazon.
Click here for She stoops to conquer.

by James Joyce

Joyce's most famous work takes place on June 16-17, 1904. Today, people all over the world celebrate the wanderings and musings of the central character, Leopold Bloom, on Bloomsday - June 16th - with readings and re- enactments.
See our Articles: Joyce's Dublin & How to Enjoy Ulysses.
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Ulysses Annotated
by Don Gifford

"A truly useful book in its explanation of puns, jokes, foreign phrases, and a myriad of other items including many helpful glosses on terms belonging to the vernacular of Dublin. For this last item alone the book is valuable because it documents much of the popular but fading idiom of the Dublin of 1904." - Jay Fox, Modern Fiction Studies
See our Articles: Joyce's Dublin & How to Enjoy Ulysses.
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by Bram Stoker

Dracula an Irish book? Yes, indeed! Abraham "Bram" Stoker was born near Clontarf, Co. Dublin on November 8, 1847. He is referred to by his own nephew, Daniel Farson, as "one of the least known authors of one of the best known books ever written."
See our Article on Bram Stoker
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First published in 1842, Handy Andy was, according to The Dublin Monitor, "Decidedly the best story of the day, full of frolic, genuine fun, and exquisite touches of Irish humour". A series of sketches depicting life in Ireland in the mid-19th century with the hero, Handy Andy being faced with a number of situations in which he always made the wrong decision - or at least - his actions were always met with failure. Amazon reviewer
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George Bernard Shaw's most popular comedy, the basis for MY FAIR LADY, concerns a phoneticist who bets that he can pass a flower girl off as a duchess.
See our Article Tribute to G.B. Shaw
Click here for Pygmalion

A prolific writer who realistically portrayed the life of the rural Irish, Carleton was born the youngest of 14 children on a small farm. He learned to appreciate the Irish heritage from his father, a man well-versed in the rich folklore of the area and in this, the author's best-known work, he draws with a sure hand a series of pictures of peasant life, unsurpassed for their appreciation of the passionate tenderness of an Irish home. He was in his own words, the historian of Irish habits and manners, feelings, prejudices, and superstitions.

Click here for Stories of the Irish Peasantry.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
by C.S. Lewis

This is the first of the seven Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. These books are able to accomplish something that few other books in all of literature have been able to achieve. They are at once great and entertaining literature as well as insightful and profound theology. Adapted from a review on Amazon.
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Waiting for Godot
Samuel Beckett

As one critic wrote "Waiting for Godot" jettisons everything by which we recognize theatre. It arrives at the custom-house, as it were, with no luggage, no passport, and nothing to declare; yet it gets through, as might a pilgrim from Mars." A tragicomedy in two acts, one might sum up Beckett's most popular play with a line from the opening act:
"Nobody comes, nobody goes, its awful!" Elevating the theatre of the absurd to new heights - which have never been surpassed - Beckett's monumental masterpiece blends humor, pathos, satire, slapstick and wit as the characters wait..and wait...and wait...
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Fri, Feb 2, 2018

Irish God and Goddess of love

Oengus is the Irish God of love, beauty and youth. According to the old folklore, his kisses became birds. It is also said that he dreamed of a beautiful maiden, named Caer, for whom he searched all over Ireland. Eventually, he found her chained to 150 other maidens, destined to become swans at the time of Samhain. Legend has it that Oengus transformed himself into a swan and was united with his love.
Aine of Knockaine is the Irish Goddess of love. She is also known as the Fairy Queen of Munster and as a goddess of fertility beause she has control and command over crops and animals, especially cattle. Another name by which she is known is Aillen. To learn more about Irish mythology, please click Irish Myths & Legends.
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Can't Find it?!

Our Library is compiled from what we know and like. If you can't find what you're looking for read on.
• First: go to Amazon -
There's no escaping the fact that they are the largest catalog.
Note: There are multiple Amazons and they do not carry exactly the same items. Any one of the U.S., U.K. and Canada sites may not have the item but another Amazon will. Each site will ship anywhere in the world. Try them all before you give up.
Click here for Amazon.US.
Click here for Amazon.UK.
Click here for Amazon.Canada.
• Second: Amazon doesn't have it? Try Powells. They are the largest book source in New York and they have a good selection of 'out of print' books. Click here for Powells.
This link brings you to a list of 600 Irish titles; if you're looking for something else, just Search.
• Third: Still can't find It? Alright, try ALibris they are the place for 'books you never thought you'd find'. We've found everything we were after. Click here for ALibris.
• Last: Nothing Worked?
E-Mail us, we'll give it a go. Click for Russ & Bridget.

Celtic Bookmark

Elegant bookmark is made of silver over pewter. It measures 3" x 1". When in use, the pretty Celtic design sticks out of your book. Or choose Trinity Knot or Celtic Heart.

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