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Irish Writing and Culture

Fictions of the Irish Literary Revival: A Changeling Art

By: John Wilson Foster (Author)

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Year: 1993
Format: Hardback, Paperback
Category: Irish Writing and Culture
Tags: Irish Literature, Irish Studies


This is a critical survey of the fiction and non-fiction written in Ireland during the key years between 1880 and 1920, or what has become known as the Irish Literary Renaissance. The book considers both the prose and the social and cultural forces working through it.

Among the writers discussed at length are Lady Gregory, James Stephens, AE (George Russell), W.B. Yeats, John Millington Synge, George Moore, James Joyce, Daniel Corkery, Douglas Hyde, Eimar O'Duffy, Lord Dunsany and Patrick Pearse.

"Putting it plainly, Foster's book is the most comprehensive, original, and engrossing treatment of its subject that I have seen in a long time". Patrick A. McCarthy, English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920.

"Anyone who deals with the Irish Revival in the future is going to have to come to terms with this vast, cogent, and important work". Journal of Modern Literature