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Irish Women's Letters

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This inspiring anthology presents a wide-ranging selection of Irish women's letters, from that of St Brigid, who founded a renowned monastery in the fifth century, up to the late twentieth century. These letters, intimate and personal, and written by women from every conceivable background - the big houses of the Anglo-Irish gentry, small farms scattered throughout the Irish countryside, urban slums, middle-class houses in cities, and Irish emigrants abroad - offer us an unusual insight into the reality of Irish ...
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Overview

This inspiring anthology presents a wide-ranging selection of Irish women's letters, from that of St Brigid, who founded a renowned monastery in the fifth century, up to the late twentieth century. These letters, intimate and personal, and written by women from every conceivable background - the big houses of the Anglo-Irish gentry, small farms scattered throughout the Irish countryside, urban slums, middle-class houses in cities, and Irish emigrants abroad - offer us an unusual insight into the reality of Irish women's lives through the centuries, the concerns they felt, their sorrows and joys, their friendships, their thoughts on art and politics, and their love for both kin and country. Expressing pathos, and sometimes despair, the letters also show an often indomitable humour.
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An anthology of previously published letters ranging from St. Brigid in the fifth century to medieval scholar Helen Waddell in the late 20th. Among them are Maud Gonne McBride's confessions to W. B. Yeats and love letters from Nora Barnacle to James Joyce and from Kitty Keirnan to Michael Collins, but also many by little-known women in the big houses of Anglo-Irish gentry, scattered farms, urban slums, nationalist struggles, and in foreign lands. Brief biographical sketches are provided for each writer, and for some of the guys they wrote to. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312177096
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/15/1997
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.92 (d)

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