Irish Writing in the Twentieth Century: A Reader

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David Pierce
Cork University Press, 2000 - 1351 ˹
With five Nobel Prize-winners, seven Pulitzer Prize-winners and two Booker Prize-winning novelists, modern Irish writing has contributed something special and permanent to our understanding of the twentieth century. Irish Writing in the Twentieth Century provides a useful, comprehensive and pleasurable introduction to modern Irish literature in a single volume.

Organized chronologically by decade, this anthology provides the reader with a unique sense of the development and richness of Irish writing and of the society it reflected.

It embraces all forms of writing, not only the major forms of drama, fiction and verse, but such material as travel writing, personal memoirs, journalism, interviews and radio plays, to offer the reader a complete and wonderfully varied sense of Ireland's contribution our literary heritage.

David Pierce has selected major literary figures as well as neglected ones, and includes many writers from the Irish diaspora. The range of material is enormous, and ensures that work that is inaccessible or out of print is now easily available.

The book is a delightful compilation, including many well known pieces and captivating "discoveries," which anyone interested in literature will long enjoy browsing and dipping into.
 

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Shadows Moods and Arguments
1
DOUGLAS HYDE trans Dá dTéinnse Siår If I Were To Go West
13
MAURICE F EGAN The Orange Lilies
22
DAVID PATRICK MORAN The Battle of Two Civilizations
31
1899 from Lady Gregory ed Ideals in Ireland 1901
38
GEORGE RUSSELL 2 Nationality or Cosmopolitanism
44
Irish Writing in the 1900s
55
F P DUNNE
59
EUGENE ONEILL from Long Days Journey Into Night
680
SAMUEL BECKETT from Malone Dies
693
1957 from The Finest Stories of Sean OFaolain
706
EUGENE ONEILL Act One from A Touch of the Poet
725
JOHN HEWITT An Irishman in Coventry
737
BRIAN INGLIS Our Set
747
KATE OBRIEN Dublin
753
IMAGINATIVE
767

The Resurrection of Hungary
65
Criticism and Courage
74
The Playboy of the Western World
171
A Piper Glasnevin October 9th 1904
202
Irish Book Lovers
217
Vale
219
JOHN HOWARD PARNELL My Brothers Personality
227
JAMES STEPHENS Wednesday
235
JAMES STEPHENS from Letters of James Stephens
241
IMAGINATIVE
249
FRANCIS LEDWIDGE June
258
PATRICK PEARSE I Am Ireland
260
1914 from Children of the Dead
267
JAMES STEPHENS Righteous Anger O Bruadair
273
CONSTANCE MARKIEVICZ from Esther Roper ed
282
W B YEATS Speech on Divorce
291
FRANK GALLAGHER from Days of Fear
299
IMAGINATIVE
307
GEORGE RUSSELL from The Interpreters
320
W B YEATS Meditations in Time of Civil War
349
1924 from All The Sad Young Men 1926
361
LIAM OFLAHERTY The Tent
364
W B YEATS Sailing to Byzantium
370
F SCOTT FITZGERALD from Andrew Turnbull ed
377
ERNEST BOYD Joyce and the New Irish Writers
385
HOMANS Boston Irish
391
GRATTAN FREYER A Letter From Ireland
398
ROBERT GIBBINGS Leaves from My Notebook
407
IMAGINATIVE
413
A G STRONG from The Garden
419
W B YEATS Coole Park and Ballylee 1931 Byzantium
428
JOHN OHARA from Butterfield 8
436
SAMUEL BECKETT Echos Bones
442
JOSEPH F DINNEEN from Ward Eight
449
July Evening
456
CHARLES DONNELLY Poem The Tolerance of Crows
462
W B YEATS Lapis Lazuli
475
W B YEATS Under Ben Bulben The Statues
483
FRANK OCONNOR An Irishman Looks at England
489
JIM PHELAN The Irish Empire
496
FRANK OCONNOT The Future of Irish Literature
499
NESCA A ROBB from An Ulsterwoman in England 192441
508
SEAN OFAOLAIN Romance and Realism
514
CATHAL OBYRNE Tradition and the Falls Road
521
PATRICK CAMPBELL An Irishmans Diary
527
JIM PHELAN Drift
537
TOM BARRY CounterTerror
543
BRYAN MACMAHON Yung Mari Li
551
BETTY SMITH from A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
557
1944 from The Penguin New Writing No 20
569
1947 from Prince of Darkness And Other Stories
589
JOHN RYAN Our Irish Publishers
598
ROBERT GIBBINGS from Sweet Cork Of Thee
612
HUBERT BUTLER Portrait of a Minority
618
W R RODGERS Meet Drink and Be Airy
625
E ESTYN EVANS Hearth and Home
631
FRANK OCONNOR Writing a StoryOne Mans Way
638
SAM HANNA BELL from December Bride
648
SAMUEL BECKETT from Molloy trans Patrick Bowles
659
EDWIN OCONNOR from The Last Hurrah
673
PATRICK KAVANAGH On Raglan Road Canal Bank Walk
780
BRYAN MACMAHON
786
BOB SHAW
792
THOMAS KINSELLA from Nightwalker
802
THOMAS KINSELLA The Divided Mind
810
CECIL KING from The Cecil King Diary 197074 1975
816
RICHARD HOWARD BROWN from I Am Of Ireland
822
JACK HOLLAND Broken Images
830
DONALL MACAMHLAIGH Britains Irish Workers
840
CHRISTY BROWN from Down All the Days
844
JOHN MONTAGUE The Rough Field 755
853
MARY LAVIN A Memory
863
JAMES SIMMONS Claudy
884
CAROLINE BLACKWOOD from Great Granny Webster
890
BENEDICT KIELY The Night We Rode With Sarsfield
896
1978 from Later
902
VINCENT BUCKLEY The Gaeltacht
908
MARY HOLLAND Ireland Blasts Back
918
PETER SIRR Poetry in Ireland from its Roots
925
1987 from The Edge of the City
933
WILLIAM KENNEDY Tap Dancing Into Reality
939
1989 from Riding the Yellow Trolley
946
JOHN GREGORY DUNNE from Harp
955
PAUL MULDOON Ireland
960
JOHN MCGAHERN Gold Watch
966
DESMOND EGAN Unique
973
MOLLY KEANE from Good Behaviour
984
MEDBH MCGUCKIAN The Flower Master
990
BERNARD MACLAVERTY from Cal
997
VAN MORRISON A Sense of Wonder
1004
SEAMUS HEANEY From the Republic of Conscience
1033
1989 from Three Plays For Ireland
1063
ROBERT MCLIAM WILSON from Ripley Bogle
1071
Declining Identities lit and fig
1118
Disappearing Language
1139
DAVID MCKITTRICK et
1161
NUALA NÍ DHOMHNAILL An Bhean Mhídhílis
1162
MAURA DOOLEY Second Generation
1170
MARTIN MOONEY In the Parlour Gate 49
1179
MARINA CARR from The Mai 1995
1186
PAUL MULDOON After Two Days Grading Papers
1198
The Steward of Christendom
1200
TOPICS AND ISSUES
1267
GEORGE TYRRELL
1269
1979 from The Year of the French
1270
PATRICK KAVANAGH Section VII 550
1272
TESS GALLAGHER Each Bird Walking 1003
1277
ANON
1280
WRITING AND RESEARCH
1283
RECOMMENDED BOOKS
1321
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
1341
1924 from The Hidden Ireland
1342
1950 from Rolling Down the
1343
1942 from The Great Hunger
1344
1938 from The Rocky Road to Dublin
1345
1952 from Eireaball Spideoige Syllabling
1346
1941 from IrelandAtlantic Gateway
1347
787
1349
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David Pierce is currently Principal Lecturer of English at the University College of Ripon and York St. John, the Reader represents the distillation of over thirty years reading in Irish Literature. His articles and reviews have been widely published and he is the author of several books on Joyce, Yeats and Sterne, most notably James Joyce's Ireland (Yale, 1992)

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