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Stephens, James,

1882–1950, Irish poet and fiction writer, b. Dublin. One of the leading figures of the Irish literary renaissanceIrish literary renaissance,
late 19th- and early 20th-century movement that aimed at reviving ancient Irish folklore, legends, and traditions in new literary works. The movement, also called the Celtic renaissance, was in part the cultural aspect of a political movement that was
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, Stephens is best known for his fanciful and highly colored prose writings—The Crock of Gold (1912), The Demi-Gods (1914), Irish Fairy Tales (1920), Deirdre (1923), and In the Land of Youth (1924). In these works and others he made vivacious use of Irish legend and folklore. His first volume of poetry, Insurrections, appeared in 1909. Later volumes include Songs from the Clay (1915) and Kings and the Moon (1938). Possessed of a superb speaking voice, he gave many recitations of his poetry and, in later years, lectured on the radio.


See A James Stephens Reader (ed. by L. Frankenberg, 1962).

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Among the documents are Robert Emmet's 1803 "Speech from the Dock," Thomas Moore's "Erin, Oh Erin," an 1861 letter from James Stephens to John O'Mahony, "The Orangemen and Home Rule" in The Belfast News-Letter of May 1886, and the 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty.
The lawyer acting for Ryan James Stephens, 25, said his client was not hurting the dog during the incident in Mason, Ohio, and while barking at it may not be intelligent it is still "speech" and therefore protected under the US constitution.
They came unstuck against a strong South London side, who beat Yorkshire 4-7 to 0-0 to progress from the group into the semi-finals, where they lost out to eventual section winners James Stephens, from Kilkenny.
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