Etched In Moonlight by JamesEtched In Moonlight by James Stephens. 1st Edition, Hardback, Macmillan 1928.
James Stephens produced many re-tellings of Irish myths marked by a rare combination of humour and lyricism. Etched in Moonlight is loosely based on Irish wonder tales.
Stephens began his career as a poet under the tutelage of poet and painter Æ (George William Russell) Stephens's first book of poems, Insurrections, was published in 1909. His last book, Kings and the Moon (1938), was also a volume of verse.
Stephens's influential account of the 1916 easter Rising Insurrection in Dublin, describes the effect of the deaths by execution of his friend Thomas MacDonagh and others as being "like watching blood oozing from under a door". Of MacDonagh he wrote:
'' No person living is the worse off for having known Thomas MacDonagh, and I, at least, have never heard MacDonagh speak unkindly or even harshly of anything that lived. It has been said of him that his lyrics were epical; in a measure it is true, and it is true in the same measure that his death was epical. He was the first of the leaders who was tried and shot. ''
Condition 1928. 1st Edition. Hardcover. First edition. decorated blue-green cloth. A fine copy [hint of fading at the extremities]