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.
With five Nobel Prize-winners, seven Pulitzer Prize-winners and two Booker Prize-winning novelists, it could be argued that modern Irish writing has contributed something special and permanent to our understanding of the twentieth century. Irish Writing in the Twentieth Century is designed to provide within a single volume a useful comprehensive and pleasurable introduction to the subject.
The construction of the Reader has incorporated the results of wide consultation among teachers and academics involved in the study and teaching of Irish literature. It is organised chronologically by decade, and within each decade divided into two segments: critical and documentary writing, and imaginative writing. The Reader takes as its starting point the view that writing embraces not only the major forms of drama, fiction and verse but also other forms of writing such as life writing, criticism, interviews, travel writing, cultural critiques, sociological description, journalism, lectures, radio talks, prison writings, war chronicles, reflective prose, and obituaries. David Pierce has selected major literary figures (such as Yeats, Joyce and Beckett) as well as neglected or under-appreciated writers, and included writers from the Irish diaspora. The range of material in the Reader is enormous, and ensures that work which is either difficult to find or out of print is easily available.
As a core text the Reader is designed to be sufficiently varied and capacious for students to survey something of the field, and at the same time it supplies in a single volume a focus for detailed study. It is also a workbook and a resource tool for student use, including essays on the song tradition and the Irish language, suggestions for writing and research, and a bibliography.
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Title: Irish Writing in the Twentieth Century: A Reader
Author: David Pierce
Publisher: Cork University Press
Date Published: February 2001
Edition: 1st Edition
Table of Contents:Includes over 400 works by, among others: Samuel Beckett, Mary Beckett, Brendan Behan, Elizabeth Bowen, J.P. Donleavy, Arthur Conan Doyle, James Connolly, Anne Devlin, Roddy Doyle, Brian Friel, Lady Gregory, Seamus Heaney, Douglas Hyde, Edna O'Brien, Kate O'Brien, Sean O'Casey, Frank O'Connor, Sean O'Faolain, John O'Hara, Molly Keane, Thomas Keneally, Thomas Kinsella, Michael Macliammoir, Louis McNeice, Eugene O'Neill, John Howard Parnell, Patrick Pierce, F. Scott Fitzgerald, G.B. Shaw, James Stephens, J.M. Synge, Deborah Tall, Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats.
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