First American edition of a book issued here in the Fall of 1940 in imported sheets. Here recaptures, after a journey through Ireland, are the elusive qualities which make up that rich-poor land. The focus is on the people, the small towns, from Kilkenny to Cork, Galway to Londonderry to Belfast. Casual encounters -- gay, nostalgic, realistic. He portrays a country struggling for a formula of life, caught in ""dead graditions of nationalism gone stale and religion gone sour"", but still vital in spirit. Underlying it one senses his deep feeling for his land, commemorated in melodic prise. Don't miss it.