Formation of a Folklorist
The visit of James Hamilton Delargy (Séamus Ó Duilearga) to
Scandinavia, Finland, Estonia and Germany 1st April – 29th September 1928
Selected, Edited and introduced
By Séamas Ó Catháin
Comhairle Béaloideas Éireann 2008
Formation of a Folklorist is the 18th volume to be published by Comhairle Bhéaloideas Éireann in its series Scríbhinní Béaloideas/Folklore Studies.
This volume traces the process that saw the development of James Hamilton Delargy/ Séamus Ó Duilearga (1899 -1980), a promising young Irish academic with a practical knowledge of aspects of folklore, into a formidable authority on that subject and likewise on the methods and stratagems best suited to its future documentation and study in Ireland.
Delargy’s trajectory from graduate student, university teacher and talented local collector to the luminary who masterminded the creation of one of the world’s best folklore collections is revealed in diary and personal notes, and correspondence with leading experts in the field, other close advisors at home and abroad, and family members.