The King of Ireland’s Son by Padraic Colum

To continue with a theme we introduced on Tuesday with our post on James Joyce, we bring you another Irish writer from our special collections.

Padraic Colum was an actor, writer and participant in the Irish Literary Renaissance.  Close friends with James Joyce, he helped type pages for Finnegan’s Wake as well as wrote a biographical reminiscence about Joyce with his wife Mary Colum called Our Friend James Joyce.

The Padraic Colum book from our collections that we chose to showcase today is his children’s novel, The King of Ireland’s Son.

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Beautifully illustrated by Hungarian illustrator Willy Pogany, the book is a collection of Irish folktales.

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Written when Colum was living in the United States, and published the same year as the 1916 Easter Rising, his writings sought to bring the myth, folklore, and the dream of Ireland to children and adults alike.

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This volume is available for viewing Monday through Friday in the Booth-Bricker Reading Room from 9:00 – 4:30.

It is also available online in both digital book and audio book form.

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