THERE is a greater demand for fairy books than there is for works on folklore, and the readers differ greatly in taste and requirements. Some fairy books are worse than useless to the folklorist, books in which the authors treat their sources in a thoroughly irresponsible fashion. On the other hand, those who could handle such materials discreetly, learnedly, and reverently cannot be induced to write fairy books. But such books must be written, and Mr. Graves has produced one which is in every respect commendable.
The Irish Fairy Book.
By Alfred Perceval Graves. Illustrated by George Denham. Pp. xv + 355. (London: T. Fisher Unwin, n.d.) Price 6s.