The Irish Literary Movement

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The Irish Literary Movement
A. Norman Jeffares

Renowned for its rich cultural history, Ireland boasts one of the world's most impressive lists of great writers. But what is it that has driven on this growth, producing generation after generation of novelists, poets and dramatists? One explanation lies in the country's history. National identity has been at the forefront of Irish consciousness for decades and it was this awareness that sparked off the literary revival at the end of the nineteenth century, when the rising political temperature led writers to explore and affirm their Irishness. From W.B. Yeats to Seamus Heaney, James Joyce to Elizabeth Bowen, A. Norman Jeffares guides us through the revival and beyond showing how Ireland's literary rebirth has developed to provide one of the world's richest cultural sources.

A. Norman Jeffares, formerly Professor of English at the Universities of Adelaide, Leeds and Stirling (where he is now Professor Emeritus) has written extensively on Irish authors, including Jonathan Swift, Oliver Goldsmith and W. B. Yeats. His two histories of Irish literature were published in 1982 and 1997, and other recent books include Images of Imagination: Essays on Irish Writing (1995), Victorian Love Poetry (1996) and Irish Love Poems (1997).

166 x 121mm, 64 pages
37 illustrations, 10 in colour
ISBN 1 85514 233 3
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