Irish Sagas and Folk-Tales Critical Context - Essay

Eileen O’Faolain

Critical Context

(Survey of Young Adult Fiction)

Eileen O’Faolain’s Irish Sagas and Folk-Tales is one of her many books that relate Irish myths and folktales to young readers. She also wrote Miss Pennyfeather and the Pooka: An Irish Fairy Story (1944), Children of the Salmon and Other Irish Folktales (1965), and The Little Black Hen (1989), to name a few. These works demonstrate the author’s commitment to keeping the storytelling tradition alive for another generation of Irish children and young adults. While most books about Irish mythology are written for scholars and are either direct translations of manuscripts or scientific studies of myths and their relation to culture, O’Faolain presents these tales for the enjoyment of all readers.