THE SECRET COMMONWEALTH OF
ELVES, FAUNS and FAIRIES
Published by Dover. 2008
Softcover. 94 Pages
"Come away, O human child: To the waters and the wild with a fairy, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand."
William Butler Yeats
I'm so glad they decided to reprint this wonderful book. Trying to get hold of a copy of this was an absolute nightmare and would cost a small fortune. Its always nice to get a 1933 edition, but good luck with that!
This book is new, and should sit proudly on everyone's bookshelves.
KIRK IS A MAGNIFICENT DISH TO SET BEFORE ANY STUDENT OF EITHER FOLK-LORE OR FOLK-PSYCHOLOGY - Times Literary Supplement
In the late seventeenth century, a Scottish minister went looking for supernatural creatures of 'a middle nature betwixt man and angel'. Robert Kirk roamed the Highlands, talking to his parishioners and other country folk about their encounters with fairies, wraiths, elves, dopplegangers, and other agents of the spirit world. Magic was a part of everyday life for Kirk and his fellow Highlanders, and this remarkable book offers rare glimpses into their enchanted realm.
Left in manuscript form upon the authors death in 1692, this volume was first published in 1815 at the behest of Sir Walter Scott. In 1893, the distinguished folklorist Andrew Lang re-edited the work. Lang's introduction to Kirk's extraordinary blend of science, religion and superstition is included in this edition. For many years, The Secret Commonwealth was hard to find - available, if at all, only in scholarly editions. Academicians as well of lovers of myths and legends will prize this authoritative but inexpensive edition.
"Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you
upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!"
William Butler Yeats
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"I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons.
It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and
nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?"