This is a selection of works by three famous Irishmen: Oscar Wilde, W. B. Yeats and Bram Stoker. It includes: the short story by Bram Stoker, "Dracula's Guest", which is thought to be the original opening chapter of his famous novel Dracula; Oscar Wilde's poem "Humanitad" and three versions of his "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" (with the original preface by his friend Robert Ross); and finally, an early collection of poetry called The Rose by W. B. Yeats, which includes his famous poem "The Lake Isle of Innisfree".
There is a general introduction by the writer and actor Tim Dalgleish and other additional material. As the editor writes in the introduction:
"One should think of this little collection as if one, that is you yourself, had just walked into a pub in Dublin: You hand over a few coppers to the landlord and stand sipping your pint of the dark, black stuff. In the corner you spy three eccentric looking characters deep in concentrated conversation. As you make your way over you realise they are telling stories. One is an odd looking fellow, with untidy white hair and pince-nez, he is sonorously declaiming, in a sing-song voice, a tale of mythic, even epic, proportions... this will be a night to remember."