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Hyde, A Literary History of Ireland.

Hyde, A Literary History of Ireland.

Hyde, Douglas. A Literary History of Ireland. London, Ernest Benn Limited, 1980. 14.5cm x 22.5cm XLI, 654 pages. Original Hardcover with original dustjacket. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear.

No man did more than Douglas Hyde to further the causes of Irish nationalism and the Irish language. The first edition of his Literary History of Ireland was published in 1899. Although handicapped by a lack of printed catalogues of important collections of Irish manuscripts, and with very few works by Irish scholars available, Hyde collated and co-ordinated a mass of material and also thoroughly studied both ancient and modern manuscripts, some of which are still unpublished to this day; a remarkable achievement in the circumstances of the time. Brian Ó Cuív, who has recast the bibliography and provides an introduction for this new impression of the 1967 edition wirites; “very few works have been produced to find a place beside Hyde’s as histories of Irish literature down to modern times… Each has its merits but none of them has superseded this pioneer work.″
Includes the following chapters: Who Were The Celts?, Earliest Allusions to Ireland From Foreign Sources, Early History Drawn From Native Sources, Evidence of Topography and Genealogy, Confusuion Between Gods and Men, Druidism, The Irish Elysium and Belief in Rebirth, The Early Use of Letters, Ogam and Roman, Early Irish Civilisation, St. Patrick and the Early Missionaries, The Bardic Schools, The Suggestively Pagan Element in Irish Literature, The Oldest Books and Poems, Early Saga and Romance, The Mythological Cyce, the Heroic or Red Branch Cycle – Cuchulain, Déirdre, The Táin Bó Cuailnge, The Death of Cuchulain, The Fenian Cycle, The Danish period, The Ossianic Poems, Prose Writers of the Seventeenth Century, The Brehon Laws, The Eighteenth Century, The History of Irish as a Spoken Language.

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Hyde, A Literary History of Ireland.
Hyde, A Literary History of Ireland.