A Matter of Faith: The Fiction of Brian Moore

A Matter of Faith: The Fiction of Brian Moore

by Robert Sullivan
     
 

This is the most extensive account of Moore's fiction to date that considers his many works from the early stories to the recent novel, No Other Life. Moore, who was born in Ireland but is a Canadian citizen and resides predominantly in the United States, has earned an international reputation as an important novelist. This book sets out to demonstrate a

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This is the most extensive account of Moore's fiction to date that considers his many works from the early stories to the recent novel, No Other Life. Moore, who was born in Ireland but is a Canadian citizen and resides predominantly in the United States, has earned an international reputation as an important novelist. This book sets out to demonstrate a discernible pattern of concerns that cut across Moore's fictive output over the last 40 years. It argues that the concerns of love and faith (and the interplay between them) form the backbone of Moore's oeuvre. Sullivan draws from interviews with Moore and presents a study that convincingly demonstrates how Moore's fictions, from first to last, take their place in a larger thematic and formal masternarrative.

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"Sullivan offers the most useful single-volume study to date of the 19 novels produced by Moore over the last 40 years. . . . Sullivan's effort admirably distills Moore's technique and worth. . . . All academic collections." - Choice
Booknews
Studies the work of Irish writer Moore whose first novel The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne was published in 1955, and his 19th and most recent, The Statement, in 1995 (although the present study extends only to the 1993 novel, No Other Life). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313298714
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/30/1996
Series:
Contributions to the Study of World Literature Series, #69
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)
Lexile:
1500L (what's this?)

What People are saying about this

Thomas Staley^LDirector of the Harry Ranson Humanities Research Center

Sullivan's study of Moore…is a mature and thorough work, marked by its clarity, critical rigor and solid scholarship. {It} is theoretically sophisticated without being pretentious.
Robert Welch^LEditor of ^IThe Oxford Companion to Irish Literature^R

This is a comprehensive and searching study of the fiction of Brian Moore, which brings a marked and subtle intelligence to bear upon the crux of faith in Moore's writing, linking this question to a feature of the work which has not hitherto been given much attention, the craft of the fiction. In this treatment Moore emerges as a careful and conscious artist deeply engaged in a prolonged exploration of the crisis of faith in twentieth century life and action.
Professor Philip Hobsbaum^LUniversity of Glasgow

This study by Robert Sullivan of Brian Moore has been long awaited and eagerly expected. It is a definitive account of a major Irish author, remarkable both for its detail and its lucidity. Those already acquainted with the novels of Brian Moore will find Dr. Sullivan's study redolent with fresh insights, and those who come to Moore for the first time will find it a helpful introduction.
Thomas Staley Director of the Harry Ranson Humanities Research Center
Sullivan's study of Moore…is a mature and thorough work, marked by its clarity, critical rigor and solid scholarship. {It} is theoretically sophisticated without being pretentious.
Robert Welch Editor of The Oxford Companion to Irish Literature
This is a comprehensive and searching study of the fiction of Brian Moore, which brings a marked and subtle intelligence to bear upon the crux of faith in Moore's writing, linking this question to a feature of the work which has not hitherto been given much attention, the craft of the fiction. In this treatment Moore emerges as a careful and conscious artist deeply engaged in a prolonged exploration of the crisis of faith in twentieth century life and action.
Professor Philip Hobsbaum University of Glasgow
This study by Robert Sullivan of Brian Moore has been long awaited and eagerly expected. It is a definitive account of a major Irish author, remarkable both for its detail and its lucidity. Those already acquainted with the novels of Brian Moore will find Dr. Sullivan's study redolent with fresh insights, and those who come to Moore for the first time will find it a helpful introduction.

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