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The wondrous tales that gathered for more than a thousand years about the islands of the Atlantic deep are a part of the mythical period of American history. The sea has always been, by the mystery of its horizon, the fury of its storms, and the variableness of the atmosphere above it, the foreordained land of romance. In all ages and with all sea-going races there has always been something especially fascinating about an island amid the ocean. Its very existence has for all explorers an air of magic.

The order of the tales in the present work follows roughly the order of development, giving first the legends which kept near the European shore, and then those which, like St. Brandan's or Antillia, were assigned to the open sea or, like Norumbega or the Isle of Demons, to the very coast of America. Every tale in this book bears reference to some actual legend, followed more or less closely, and the authorities for each will be found carefully given in the appendix for such readers as may care to follow the subject farther.


The Story of Atlantis
Taliessin of the Radiant Brow
The Swan-Children of Lir
Usheen in the Island of Youth
Bran the Blessed
The Castle of the Active Door
Merlin the Enchanter
Sir Lancelot of the Lake
The Half-Man
King Arthur at Avalon
Maelduin's Voyage
The Voyage of St. Brandan
Kirwan's Search for Hy-Brasail
The Isle of Satan's Hand
Antillia, the Island of the Seven Cities
Harald the Viking
The Search for Norumbega
The Guardians of the St. Lawrence
The Island of Demons
Bimini and the Fountain of Youth