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The Golden Fleece and the heroes who lived before Achilles
Colum, Padraic, 1881-1972.
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Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1921.
Physical Description:
316 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Describes the cycle of myths about the Argonauts and the quest for the Golden Fleece, as well as the tales of the Creation of Heaven and Earth, the labors of Hercules, Theseus and the Minotaur, etc.
General Note:
Originally published: New York : Macmillan, c1921. Copyright renewed, 1949.
Reading Level:
980 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.3 18 Quiz: 04611 Guided reading level: Y.
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PZ8.1.C723 GO 1921C Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Follow the strange and wondrous adventures of Jason and his Argonauts -- through uncharted waters where clashing rocks dash the sea, to shores where harpies with wings of birds and heads of women torment poor mortals. Listen to the songs of the Argonaut Orpheus, songs of the creation of Heaven and Earth, Zeus's battle with the Titans, Pandora and her jar of troubles, Persephone in the Underworld, and the great labors of Hercules. This volume, with the stories retold for young readers by Padraic Colum (1881-1972), a poet, playwright, and a leader of the Irish Renaissance, was originally published in 1921. "Colum's stirring telling of the Greek epics is still unequaled as an introduction to the classic myths for young readers." B & W illustrations.

Author Notes

Born in a Longford workhouse where his father was first teacher and then master, Padraic Colum grew into an important figure in the Irish literary renaissance before immigrating to the United States. Invited by the Fay brothers to join the National Theatre Society, he married the teacher and writer Mary Maguire, with whom he undertook several joint projects. The Colums immigrated to the United States in 1914. Colum kept up a varied production of verse, plays, fiction, criticism, and children's literature, together with active lecturing. His most extended teaching appointment was at Columbia University, where he and his wife offered a joint course in comparative literature.

Colum felt that his Roman Catholic and peasant roots gave him a closer tie to the Irish folk than did the Protestant, Anglo-Irish background of many writers of the Irish renaissance. His poetry usually deals with common people and rural landscapes in a forthright manner. Colum was resolutely Irish, and his work for the most part avoids didacticism or sentimental nationalism in favor of straightforward presentation.

(Bowker Author Biography)