Literature after 1950
Summer 2003 issue of Journal of Mythic Arts, edited by Terri Windling, has a number of articles and contemporary poems and stories about mermaids and their ilk.
"A Knight To Remember" by Kurt Cagle (1996). You gotta love a story that starts "He was a dark and stormy knight."
"Sweetly the Waves Call to Me" by Pat Murphy (1990).
"The Selkie" by Mara Freeman (1995), a Selkie-bride story. This version softens the husband's loneliness by having the half-Selkie children play with their seal mother. Courtesy Ms. Freeman's Celtic Spirit website. Also here.
"Sea Change" by Susan Stern, from a selkie POV.
Lisa Carey, The Mermaids Singing
Amazon. The Mermaids Singing by Lisa Carey. Powerful first novel follows three generations of Irish and American women, interwoven with Irish merrow myths. Like the Canadian movie, and Val McDermid's novel, Eliot's line provides inspiration for the title.
Audio excerpt "describes Graínne's life at home as her mother succumbs to cancer." Powerful stuff.
Reading guide from Publisher HarperCollins.
Excerpt from Bold Type.
"In this scene, fifteen-yea-old Graínne, following the death of her mother, arrives in Ireland with her grandmother Clíona.
Other stories, novels and plays
Amazon. The Mermaids Singing by Val McDermid. Serial-killer mystery.
Amazon UK. Arthur Dearness and the Mermaid and other Orkney Plays by Bryce Wilson.
Review from the Orcadian, Orkney's newspaper of record, by by Bryce Wilson.
"Gina: Mermaid's Legacy" by Kurt Cagle. Internet mermaid novel.
"Undine" by Jane Yolen (1977)
"Part Thee and Me" by Beth Winegarner. Poem from selkie perspective.