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Colum, Padraic: Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles, The (Illust)

Colum, Padraic - Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles, The (Illust) 1921

Another classic work by Padraic Colum and illustrated by Willy Pogany. My second upload. Again, coments welcome!

Padraic Colum
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Padraic Colum (8 December 1881 - 11 January 1972) was an Irish poet, novelist, dramatist, biographer and collector of folklore. He was one of the leading figures of the Celtic Revival.
Colum was born Padraic Columb in a County Longford workhouse, where his father worked. He was the first of eight children. When the father lost his job in 1889, he moved to the United States to participate in the Colorado gold rush. Padraic and his mother and siblings remained in Ireland. When the father returned in 1892, the family moved to Glasthule, outside Dublin where his father was employed as Assistant Manager at Sandycove and Glasthule railway station. His son attended the local national school.
When Colum's mother died in 1897, the family were temporarily split up. Padraic and one brother remained in Dublin while the father and remaining children moved back to Longford. Colum finished school the following year and at the age of seventeen, he passed an exam for and was awarded a clerkship in the Irish Railway Clearing House. He stayed in this job until 1903.
During this period, Colum started to write and met a number of the leading Irish writers of the time, including W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory and Æ. He also joined the Gaelic League and was a member of the first board of the Abbey Theatre. It was at this time that he dropped the 'b' from his surname. He became a regular user of the National Library of Ireland. Here he met James Joyce and the two became lifelong friends.
He was awarded a five year scholarship to University College Dublin by a wealthy American benefactor Thomas Kelly.

Later life and work
In America, Colum took up children's writing and published a number of collections of stories for children, beginning with The King of lreland's Son (1916). Three of his books for children were awarded retrospective citations for the Newbery Honor. A contract for children's literature with Macmillan Publishers made him financially secure for the rest of his life.
In 1922 he was commissioned to write versions of Hawaiian folklore for young people. This resulted in the publication of three volumes of his versions of tales from the island. He also started writing novels. These include Castle Conquer (1923) and The Flying Swans (1937). The Colums spent the years from 1930 to 1933 living in Paris and Nice, where Padraic renewed his friendship with James Joyce and became involved in the transcription of Finnegans Wake.
After their time in France, the couple moved to New York City, where they both did some teaching at Columbia University and [C.C.N.Y]. Colum was a prolific author and published a total of 61 books, not counting his plays.
He adopted the form of Noh drama in his later plays.
Molly died in 1957 and Pádraic finished Our Friend James Joyce, which they had worked on together before her death. It was published in 1958. He divided his time between the United States and Ireland.
He died in Enfield, Connecticut, aged 90, and was buried in St. Fintan's Cemetery, Sutton.
Asked how to say his name, he told The Literary Digest the last name was the same as the word column. "In my first name, the first a has the sound of au. The ordinary pronunciation in Irish is pau'drig." (Charles Earle Funk, What's the Name, Please?, Funk & Wagnalls, 1936.)

Selected works
(1902) The Saxon Shillin' (Play)
(1903) Broken Sail (Play)
(1905) The Land (Play)
(1907) Wild Earth (Book)
(1907) The Fiddlers' House (Play)
(1910) Thomas Muskerry (Play)
(1917) Mogu the Wanderer (Play)
(1918) The Children's Homer (Novel)
(1918) Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy, Ill. By Willy Pogany
(1920) Children of Odin: Nordic Gods and Heroes
(1921) The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles (Novel), Ill. by Willy Pogany
(1916) The King of Ireland's Son (Compilation of Stories)
(1923) Castle Conquer (Novel)
(1937) The Flying Swans (Novel)
(1937) The Story of Lowry Maen (Epic Poem)
(1929) The Strindbergian Balloon (Play)
(1958) Our Friend James Joyce (Memoir) (With Molly Colum)

Willy Pogany
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William Andrew ("Willy") Pogany (1882-1955), prolific illustrator of children's and adult books. Born Vilmos Andreas Pogany in Szeged, Hungary in 1882, came to America via Paris and London.
In London, he produced his four masterpieces, Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1910), Richard Wagner's Tannhauser (1911), Parsifal (1912) and Lohengrin (1913).
In 1918 he illustrated a children's rewrite of Homer, "The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy," retold by Padraic Colum.
Mr. Pogany's best known works consist of illustrations of classic myths and legends done in the Art Nouveau style.
Asked how to say his name, he told The Literary Digest that in America it was po-GAH-ny. "However, in my native Hungary this name is pronounced with the accent on the first syllable with a slightly shorter o and the gany is as the French -gagne (the y is silent)": PO-gahn. (Charles Earle Funk, What's the Name, Please?, Funk & Wagnalls, 1936.)
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