Denis Donoghue, 21 April 1983
Show More The Crane Bag Book of Irish Studies, 1977-1981 edited by M.P. Hederman and R. Kearney, with a preface by Seamus Heaney.
Blackwater Press/Colin Smythe, 930 pp., £25, October 1982, 9780905471136Show More
A Colder Eye: The Modern Irish Writers by Hugh Kenner.
Knopf, 352 pp., $16.95, April 1983, 0 394 42225 2Show More
“... The Crane Bag is a magazine, published twice a year: each issue deals with one theme. In Irish legend, the crane bag contained the alphabet of knowledge. The bag belonged to Manannan, god of the sea: it was made from the skin of his wife Aoife, whom Manannan had transformed into a crane because she tried to steal his secret knowledge and communicate it to the world ...”