Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Stephens, James

(1882-1950) Irish poet and prose writer, several of whose idiosyncratic books are fantasy: The Crock of Gold (1912), about two philosophers and sundry gods and leprechauns, and containing much lyrical blarney; The Demi-Gods (1914), about three Angels who visit Earth; and Deirdre (1923) – to modern tastes, perhaps JS's most satisfactorily focused novel – and its sequel In the Land of Youth (coll 1924), both based on Irish mythology. [DP]

other works: Irish Fairy Tales (coll 1920); Etched in Moonlight (coll 1928).

James Stephens

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