Sheridan Le Fanu and Victorian Ireland
A Life of the Hymn-Writer 1818-1895
By: W.J. McCormack
Publication Date: January 1990
Sheridan Le Fanu and Victorian Ireland: A Life of the Hymn-Writer 1818-1895 by W.J. McCormack
Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-73) was a highly original author of fantastic fiction – novels and short stories – and a key in Irish conservative poitics during the first half of the Victorian age. This outstanding biography, appearing in a new paperback edition with fresh appendix matter, explores the contradictions of his achievement.
‘It can be thoroughly recommended.’ – John Arden, New Statesman.
‘One of the qualitites of this excellent studies is the train of associations which is provokes. It is far from more than a revaluation of Le Fanu, though this is incidentally provided in a discriminating and scholarly way … The massive hint is, as with ‘Ulysses’, in the title ‘Victorian Ireland’ … it is the world which Dr McCormack illuminates, along with the more private and tortured uiverse of Le Fanu himself.’ – Roy Foster, Times Literary Supplement
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
W.J. McCormack is the pen name of Hugh Maxton. He was born in 1947 and is a lecturer of 19th and 20th century Irish literature.