THE CRACKLING OF THORNS. Dublin: M. H. Gill & Son, Ltd., 1915. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 9-175 [176: blank], six inserted plates with illustrations by M. Power O'Malley, original green cloth, front panel ruled in blind, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. Collection of stories by a priest from Dungarvan, a coastal town in County Waterford. "Ten stories of various types. The majority are of the high-class magazine type and very up-to-date in subject and treatment, but here and there one comes upon bits of real-life observed at first hand, and pictured with genuine feeling. Several are Irish-American, and their interest turns on the sorrow and hardship of emigration. The last, 'By the Way,' in which Sergeant Maguire, R.I.C., spins yarns, is full of the most genuine Irish humor (dialect perfect), and is a fine piece of storytelling." - Brown, Ireland in Fiction 373. "Father Curry's Tale' is a ghost story that, according to a footnote by the author, is indebted to R. H. Benson's A MIRROR OF SHALOTT (1907) 'for the inspiration for this story.' After dinner with some of his fellow priests, Father Curry describes how, while asleep in a boat moored to a buoy on a tidal river, he was saved from a bolt of lightning by the ghost of his dead mother, which manifested itself as a pair of disembodied hands." - Boyd White. Several mild spots to cloth, mainly on front cover, a very good copy. (#164359).

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