Ireland’s Literature: Selected Essays
By: Terence Brown
These witty and informing essays range across Ireland’s Victorian and twentieth-century literature with special attention to the social and historical backgrounds. The poet Tom Moore, novelist-priest P.A. Sheenan, professor-critic Edward Dowden and pre-Home Rule Presbyterianism are the highlights of Brown’s nineteenth century. And between the Literary Revival and the recent Northern Renaissance, he probes the work and milieux of Synge, Yeats, Beckett, O’Faolain, Kavanagh and Clarke, of C.S. Lewis, Geoffrey Taylor, Brian Moore and Denis Donoghue, and Richard Murphy, John Montague, Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, James Simmons, Tom Paulin, Paul Muldoon, Frank McGuinness, Stewart Parker and Brendan Kennelly.
TERENCE BROWN, a cultural historian, examines his chosen writers and writing with scrupulous sympathy, acknowledging shades of inherited belief, complex religious attitudes and imposed history. The result is a book of unusual strength and clarity with brings a critical and unifying focus to contemporary Ireland’s literature.
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