Irish Short Story Month
March 1 to March 31
Letitia Maclintock (1857 to 1881-Donegal,Ireland) probably would be more forgotten than she already is if it were not for the fact that William Butler Years praised her fairy tales as folk lore works and included some of her stories in his Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasanty (1888). There is not much, at least I did not find much, data on her on the internet. She contributed to Dublin University Magazine and wrote and anti-land league novel, A Boycotted House. I do not know why she died so young.
"Far Darrig in Donegal" probably is mostly of interest to those into the history of the Irish short story. I almost feel like saying that if William Butler Yeats admired her work that is all that really needs be said. One of the figures in the past of the Irish short story is that of the story teller. Story tellers were men, always men it appears, who traveled the road, stopping at houses. When they approached a householder they would tell him that they would tell him and all of his people some great stories in exchange for lodging and food and whatever else he might give him. It was men like this who helped keep the folk traditions of Ireland alive and helped create an audience receptive to short stories.
|"Join us, Please"|
You can read this story in three minutes top and if you are into the roots of the Irish short story or old short stories in general, I think it is worth your time.
Here is a link where you can read it
|"This gets the award for dullest post by Mel so far for ISSM3" Carmilla|