By Henry Glassie,E. Estyn Evans

Henry Glassie, in his Foreword, describes Estyn Evans, the nice geographer-historian of Belfast, as 'one in a tiny aristocracy of the brain who created the highbrow international we inhabit and whose writings will motivate students but unborn'. this can be occur within the intensity of data and within the exhilarating grab of element and technique to be present in eire and the Atlantic historical past. A biographical memoir by way of Gwyneth Evans introduces the guy and the paintings. half I issues the island of eire - its habitat and heritage, the connection of the land to its occupants, the shaping of a rustic and its realization. half II positions eire among the outdated and New Worlds and includes Evans' pioneering essays at the pastoral adventure of Atlantic Europe, the Pyrenees, the Scotch-Irish of North the United States. half III makes a speciality of Evans' liked Ulster and its humans: from Rathlin Island, reasonable Head, Lammas reasonable and Belfast, to the Mournes and Slieve Gullion. half IV sketches with bright particularity the people customs and fabric tradition of the province: harvest rituals; fields, fences and gates; the sport of bullets in County Down; the observance of time; bird-song; and a story from south-west Donegal. half V comprises affectionate pen-portraits of buddies and co-workers in either academe and the geographical region - John Clarke ('the potato king'), Geordie Barnett, Maisie Gaffikin, Rory de Valera, Adolf Mahr - in addition to lighter, funny items. eventually the Epilogue by means of John Campbell, with an accompanying bibliography, appraises and files Evans' contribution to fashionable scholarship. pictures and pen-and-ink drawings by means of the writer illustrate the textual content. Like Lloyd Praeger, Carl Sauer and Fernand Braudel earlier than him, Estyn Evans is likely one of the inspirational figures within the panorama of Irish and eu stories. Lucid, witty, cutting edge and holistic, those chosen writings testify to his enduring relevance within the overdue 20th century. 'The worth of Evans's paintings within the box of Irish folk-studies can't be over-emphasized, and his books and the people Museum at Cultra will preserve him ahead of us for a truly lengthy time.' - Frank Mitchell 'Estyn Evans was once a geographer who dared to step open air his self-discipline and set a headline for historians and others. His message used to be to stress for this state what has turn into universal adequate foreign money in a few others: that unrecorded historical past, as in people culture, as within the research of artefacts long ago, as within the research of the consequences of surroundings at the human outlook, have been as very important a examine because the heritage of elites and documents.' - Douglas Gageby, The Irish instances 'These essays are either encouraged and inspirational, the language ringing and rhythmical, with scholarly definitions in effortless conjunction with vernacular speech. this can be a ebook of huge wisdom, of attention-grabbing detail.' - David Hammond, Irish Independent

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