James Stephens (1882-1950) was an Irish novelist and poet who sometimes wrote under the pen name James Esse. James Stephens wrote many retellings of Irish fairy tales. His retellings are marked by a rare combination of humour and lyricism. Deirdre (1923) and Irish Fairy Tales (1920) are often... read more
“There was surely healing in that breast of love, a rampart of tenderness against the world, a door which would never be closed against her or opened to her enemies.”
“...but a little boy...her breasts could have filled with milk for him, him she could have nourished in the rocks and in desert places: he would have been life to her and adventure, a barrier against old age, an incantation against sorrow, a fragrance and a grief and a defiance.”
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