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The Crock of Gold

James Stephens

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Fiction, Classic fiction (pre c 1945), Science fiction, Folklore, myths & legends

A wise and beautiful fairytale for grown-ups, considered one of the greatest novels in the Irish comic tradition.

'In the centre of the pine wood called Coilla Doraca there lived not long ago two Philosophers. They were wiser than anything else in the world except the Salmon who lies in the pool of Glyn Cagny into which the nuts of knowledge fall from the hazel bush on its bank. He, of course, is the most profound of living creatures, but the two Philosophers are next to him in wisdom...'

THE CROCK OF GOLD is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest novels in the Irish comic tradition. Fantasy, satire and delicious humour propel the magical narrative through a world peopled by policemen, philosophers, tinkers and leprechauns. Yet, the intent of it is all is serious. Or is it?

Delve into this mystical fairytale world and rediscover a classic by a great author of the past.

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James Stephens

James Stephens, poet and storyteller, was born in Dublin in 1880. From 1915 to 1924 he was registrar of the National Gallery in Dublin. He spent the remaining years of his life in London where he broadcast frequently from the BBC. He died in 1950.

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