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Frontispiece to Celtic Twilight: Painting of W.B. Yeats [Public Domain Image]

The Celtic Twilight

William Butler Yeats

[1893, 1902]

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This etext corresponds to the second (1902) expanded edition of the Celtic Twilight. This is one of the best-known collections of Yeats' prose; in it he explores the longstanding connection between the people of Ireland and the inhabitants of the land of Fairy. Yeats, who had profound mystic and visionary beliefs, writes with conviction of the reality of Fairies, both in his own experience, and in the everyday life of the Irish. This relatively short work serves as a way for readers to discover Yeats' powerful wordcraft and get an overview of celtic Fairy lore.

This etext, created at sacred-texts in 2001, was revised in January 2004 from an original copy of the 1902 edition, to include page numbers and correspond more closely to the formatting of the original, and to correct a few transcription errors. It was reformatted in 2009. The Project Gutenberg version of Celtic Twilight is based on the sacred-texts version.

Title Page
The Hosting Of The Sidhe
This Book
A Teller Of Tales
Belief And Unbelief
Mortal Help
A Visionary
Village Ghosts
'Dust Hath Closed Helen's Eye'
A Knight Of The Sheep
An Enduring Heart
The Sorcerers
The Devil
Happy And Unhappy Theologians
The Last Gleeman
Regina, Regina Pigmeorum, Veni
'And Fair, Fierce Women'
Enchanted Woods
Miraculous Creatures
Aristotle Of The Books
The Swine Of The Gods
A Voice
The Untiring Ones
Earth, Fire And Water
The Old Town
The Man And His Boots
A Coward
The Three O'Byrnes And The Evil Faeries
Drumcliff And Rosses
The Thick Skull Of The Fortunate
The Religion Of A Sailor
Concerning The Nearness Together Of Heaven, Earth, And Purgatory
The Eaters Of Precious Stones
Our Lady Of The Hills
The Golden Age
A Remonstrance with Scotsmen for Having Soured the Disposition of Their Ghosts and Faeries
The Queen And The Fool
The Friends Of The People Of Faery
Dreams That Have No Moral
By The Roadside
Into The Twilight