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Published: 10 July 2008

624 Pages


ISBN: 9780199549825

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Irish Writing

An Anthology of Irish Literature in English 1789-1939

Edited by Stephen Regan

Oxford World's Classics

  • A unique anthology covering 150 years of Irish writing in English across a wide range of literary genres, of which Paul Muldoon says: 'Stephen Regan's anthology vividly and valiantly presents a nation, and a national literature, coming into being.'
  • The best-value single-volume anthology of Irish writing, featuring essays, speeches, and memoirs as well as fiction, poems, plays, and stories.
  • The anthology charts the emergence of a distinctive Irish literature in which Irish writers forged a tradition of their own using the English language for their own purposes.
  • The introduction offers a clear account of the growth of an Irish national literature between 1789 and 1939. It explores the concept of cultural nationalism and the distinctive features of Irish literature written in English. It highlights the concern of Irish writers with questions of national destiny and identity.
  • The notes offer guidance on cultural, historical, and political issues.
  • Writers' biographies provide a wealth of additional information, and a chronology provides a useful summary of key dates and events in Irish history.
  • Includes three plays in their entirety and the opening episode of Ulysses, material rarely anthologized.

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