New York: Frederick A Stokes, 1912.
Illustrated by Henry W Kerr. First US Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Very Good- with no dust jacket. Item #13449
Spine darkening, unopened page, light tone, otherwise light wear. Solid hardcover. ; Frontispiece and fifteen tipped in illustration plates by Henry W Kerr. First US Edition, from English sheets. "Thus a mythical Irishman has come into being, a sentimentalist at heart, a creature of irresponsible gaiety, of singular and irresistible charm of manner, of spontaneous brilliance, a light lover of every pretty woman, or in cases where he happens himself to be a woman, a careless winner of the hearts of men. ... This myth about Irish character is of comparatively recent growth. The older novelists knew nothing of it. They either despised us too much to put us into their books at all, or else disliked us and respresented us unkindly. The change, from our point of view, is all to the good. It is always pleasant to be praised for qualities which we do not possess. But such praise has one drawback. We are expected to live up to our imagined character, and this is sometimes hard to do." ; vii, 270 pages.
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