Voices of Ireland: Classic Writings of a Rich and Rare Land

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The Irish are renowned for their ability to tell a good story, and if there's one thing better than a well-told tale, it's a baker's dozen of them.This marvelous anthology edited by Malachy McCourt collects fiction, poetry, and essays by a variety of esteemed Irish writers over three centuries. From Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal" to Oscar Wilde's The Ballad of Reading Gaol and Other Poems to James Joyce's Dubliners these literary masterpieces form a collective record of the modern Irish experience. Also ...

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The Irish are renowned for their ability to tell a good story, and if there's one thing better than a well-told tale, it's a baker's dozen of them.This marvelous anthology edited by Malachy McCourt collects fiction, poetry, and essays by a variety of esteemed Irish writers over three centuries. From Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal" to Oscar Wilde's The Ballad of Reading Gaol and Other Poems to James Joyce's Dubliners these literary masterpieces form a collective record of the modern Irish experience. Also includes informative biographies that help bring the passion and spirit of each writer into focus.

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Publishers Weekly
In this excellent primer to modern Irish literature and politics, McCourt (A Monk Swimming) collects and introduces the work of 12 Irish writers. Some of the works are well known, such as Synge's The Playboy of the Western World, Wilde's The Ballad of Reading Gaol, the early poems of Yeats or Joyce's Dubliners and Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal. Another marvelous, albeit more obscure entry, is James Stephens's The Insurrection in Dublin, an eyewitness account of what it was like to be a citizen of Dublin and live through the Easter Rising of 1916. Lady Gregory, best known as co-founder of the Abbey Theatre (with Yeats), is represented here by several selections from her collection Irish Myths and Legends, dealing extensively with the Celtic warrior, Finn. McCourt also includes selections from Maria Edgeworth's "big house novel" Castle Rackrent and William Carleton's Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry. The only contributor here who was not a professional writer is Michael Collins, the inventor of modern guerrilla warfare who negotiated the treaty that led to the Republic of Ireland. The excerpt here outlines Collins's plans for the new Irish nation. Some of McCourt's biographical introductions could be more polished, but the reader will be rewarded many times over by the insights the collection affords into the social, economic and political life of Ireland up to 1922. (Oct.)
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This collection contains 13 Irish classics, in whole or in part, by writers from Jonathan Swift to Michael Collins, with works by Maria Edgeworth, Oscar Wilde, and James Joyce. Although McCourt (A Monk Swimming) did select the contents and write the introductions to the volume and to each selection, his name is presented, inexplicably, as though he were the sole author. The rambling, irreverent general introduction fails to explain why these authors were chosen and others omitted, and why no one born in the 20th century is included. The introductory material is poorly written throughout, in terms of both style and accuracy (e.g., Yeats did not outlive James Joyce or James Stephens, as McCourt claims), and the volume does not make clear when selections are excerpted from a larger work. Serious readers will not appreciate McCourt's flippancy or his cavalier approach to facts. Libraries would do better to purchase individual volumes of desired titles. Not recommended.-Denise J. Stankovics, Rockville P.L., Vernon, CT Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780762413362
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/1902
  • Pages: 1200
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 2.22 (d)

Meet the Author

County Limerick native Malachy McCourt is the authority to tell the history of Ireland. He has written several books, including the best-selling A Monk Swimming, Singing My Him Song, Danny Boy, Voices of Ireland, and The Claddagh Ring. Complementing his literary work, McCourt is also a skilled actor. He appeared in the television series Oz and in feature films such as The Bonfire of the Vanities. He lives in New York City.

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