The Crock of Gold

James Stephens (1882 - 1950)

This is a comic novel written by Irish author James Stephens, a quick-witted storyteller whose pantheistic philosophy is revealed in his adult Irish fairy tales. His first novel, The Charwoman's Daughter (1911), humorously examines the life and fantasies of a poor Dublin mother and daughter. His second, The Crock of Gold (1913), again showcases his unique writing style, quirky thoughts, grasp of irony and cleverness of phrase. No conformity here, lots of head-scratching twists and turns that reveal odd bits of wisdom too! The main characters are an extremely pedantic Philosopher, his revengeful wife, their sweet innocent children lured down leprechaun holes, a teenage girl seduced by Pan (the god of lust and carefree living) then saved by Angus Og (the Irish god of youth, love and beauty), culminating in a giant parade of Irish gods. Stephen's serious philosophy is on display here and there, and we learn many useful tips for dealing with fairies, goblins and Gods, especially that no good comes of stealing a leprechaun's crock of gold! ~Summary by Michele Fry

Genre(s): Culture & Heritage Fiction, Humorous Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Ch 1, Book I: THE COMING OF PAN Michele Fry
00:09:42
Play 02 Ch 2, Book I: THE COMING OF PAN Michele Fry
00:12:38
Play 03 Ch 3, Book I: THE COMING OF PAN Michele Fry
00:08:52
Play 04 Ch 4, Book I: THE COMING OF PAN Michele Fry
00:08:03
Play 05 Ch 5, Book I: THE COMING OF PAN Michele Fry
00:09:41
Play 06 Ch 6, Book I: THE COMING OF PAN Michele Fry
00:20:28
Play 07 Ch 7, Book I: THE COMING OF PAN Michele Fry
00:11:22
Play 08 Ch 8, Book I: THE COMING OF PAN Michele Fry
00:07:59
Play 09 Ch 9, Book I: THE COMING OF PAN Michele Fry
00:15:31
Play 10 Ch 10, Book II: THE PHILOSOPHER'S JOURNEY Michele Fry
00:08:44
Play 11 Ch 11.1, Book II: THE PHILOSOPHER'S JOURNEY Michele Fry
00:21:27
Play 12 Ch 11.2, Book II: THE PHILOSOPHER'S JOURNEY Michele Fry
00:23:16
Play 13 Ch 12, Book III: THE TWO GODS Michele Fry
00:16:47
Play 14 Ch 13.1, Book IV: THE PHILOSOPHER'S RETURN Michele Fry
00:17:58
Play 15 Ch 13.2, Book IV: THE PHILOSOPHER'S RETURN Michele Fry
00:23:05
Play 16 Ch 14, Book V: THE POLICEMEN Michele Fry
00:36:20
Play 17 Ch 15, Book V: THE POLICEMEN Michele Fry
00:07:37
Play 18 Ch 16, Book V: THE POLICEMEN Michele Fry
00:33:31
Play 19 Ch 17.1, Book VI: THE THIN WOMAN'S JOURNEY AND THE HAPPY MARCH Michele Fry
00:24:12
Play 20 Ch 17.2, Book VI: THE THIN WOMAN'S JOURNEY AND THE HAPPY MARCH Michele Fry
00:18:50
Play 21 Ch 18, Book VI: THE THIN WOMAN'S JOURNEY AND THE HAPPY MARCH Michele Fry
00:16:33