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John Wilson Foster was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, educated in Eugene, Oregon, taught in Vancouver, British Columbia and now lives in Portaferry, Co. Down.  He is a freelance writer and literary critic and an honorary research fellow at Queen's University Belfast. He has published three books on RMS Titanic and twelve other books on Irish, English and American literature, natural history, and Irish culture. He has been a folksinger and songwriter. A lifelong birder, he has studied and enjoyed the birds of the Fraser River delta near where he lived in Vancouver, and of Strangford Lough where he now lives.

New Book:
Pilgrims of the Air

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A Better Boy

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RMS Titanic

Titanic: The Sceptre of Power (Belcouver, 2011) Kindle Book

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Titanic (Penguin, 1999)

Published in the U.S. as The Titanic Reader

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Irish culture

Colonial Consequences: Essays in Irish Literature and Culture (1991)

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Between Shadows: Modern Irish Writing and Culture (Irish Academic Press, 2009)

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Irish literature

Fictions of the Irish Literary Revival: A Changeling Art (Syracuse University Press, 1993) [Paperback]

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The Achievement of Seamus Heaney (Lilliput, 1995)

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The Cambridge Companion to the Irish Novel (ed. 2006)

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The Nabob: A Tale of Ninety-Eight (Four Courts, 2006)

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Irish Novels 1890-1940: New Bearings in Culture and Fiction (Oxford University Press, 2008)

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  • Forces and Themes in Ulster Fiction (1974)
  • The Poet's Place: Essays in Ulster Literature and Society (co-editor, Gerald Dawe, 1991)



Nature in Ireland: A Scientific and Cultural History (1997)

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Recoveries: Neglected Episodes in Irish Cultural History 1860-1912 (UCD Press, 2002)

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John Foster
John Wilson Foster