Modern Irish Writers: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook by Alexander G. Gonzalez

By Alexander G. Gonzalez

Whereas the Irish Literary Revival begun round 1885 and ended someplace among 1925 and 1940, the Irish Renaissance has endured to the current day and exhibits no signal of abating. The interval has produced the most vital and influential figures in Irish literature, a few of whom are counted one of the world's maximum authors. The Revival observed a reestablishment of Ireland's literary connections with its Celtic historical past, and writers comparable to William Butler Yeats and girl Gregory drew seriously at the myths and legends of the earlier. James Joyce boldly reshaped the radical and wrote brief fiction of tolerating worth. modern Irish writers stay best figures and contain such authors as Brian Frigl, Seamus Heaney, and Eavan Boland.Included during this reference booklet are alphabetically prepared entries for greater than 70 smooth Irish writers, together with Samuel Beckett, William Trevor, Patrick Kavanagh, Medbh McGuckian, Sean O'Casey, J. M. Synge, and Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill. Entries are written through professional participants and replicate a huge variety of views. each one access incorporates a short biography that summarizes the author's profession, a dialogue of significant works and topics, an outline of the author's severe reception, and a bibliography of basic and secondary works. An introductory essay stories the massive and turning out to be physique of scholarship on smooth Irish literature, whereas an intensive bibliography concludes the quantity.

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AE did not abandon his hope for political and social harmony in Ireland, but his later writings reveal what he felt to be the futility of attempting change on a national scale. He came to believe at last that only individuals could free themselves from Ireland’s cycles of bloodshed and martyrdom. CRITICAL RECEPTION Much of the critical examination of AE’s work focuses on the problems raised by the esoteric nature of his writing. In his introduction to The Living Torch, a selection of essays from AE’s writings in The Irish Statesman, Monk Gibbon concedes the difficulty of determining the precise extent to which theosophy influenced his work.

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As Bruce Arnold wrote in The Irish Independent shortly after Beckett’s death, ‘‘His . . 2 [Spring 1990]: 2). Beginning his publishing career with an essay (1929) on Finnegans Wake in progress and his monograph on Proust (1931), Beckett explored, among many other things, the challenge and difficulty of artistic representation in language. His early poems, ‘‘Whoroscope’’ and a collection published as Echo’s Bones and Other Precipitates (1935), reveal a strong Dantean influence as well as an increasingly recurring questioning and skepticism about the modern project— especially the Cartesian legacy of scientific rationality.

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