Selected Stories

Selected Stories

by Benedict Kiely


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Selected Stories by Benedict Kiely

Selected Stories gathers together some of the best examples of Benedict Kiely's work - a true and gifted man of letters. Edited by Ben Forkner, founder of The Journal of the Short Story.

From 'Soldier, Red Soldier' and 'A Ball of Malt and Madame Butterfly' to 'A Letter to Peachtree', these stories sing in the unforgettable voice of an Irish master who inspired, and will continue to inspire, generations of readers and writers alike. These stories have a great deal taken from Ben's own experiences both abroad and at home in Ireland. Kiely captures various moments in Irish and American culture, many heavily influenced by his time as a lecturer in Georgia, writer-in-residence in Virginia, and as a reporter for the Irish Press.

'Ben Kiely was - and therefore is - one of the great voices of 20th century literature, not just in Ireland but all over the world. That his stories survive, and indeed thrive, is a tribute to the power of literature. When it comes to storytelling there is really no such thing as an end, because the stories keep unfolding and influencing. Put him up there on the shelf alongside Joyce, Beckett, McGahern, O'Brien. With this version of Selected Stories, watch him develop a whole new readership.' - Colum McCann.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781907593291
Publisher: Liberties Press
Publication date: 03/02/2015
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

BENEDICT KIELY, novelist, short story writer, journalist, broadcaster and lecturer, was born in Dromore, County Tyrone in 1919 and raised in Omagh. After graduating from University College Dublin in 1943, Kiely settled in Dublin and began what was to be a long and prolific writing career. By 1945 he was a full-time critic for the Irish Independent and had also published his first book, Counties of Contention, a non-fiction account of the partition of Ireland. His first novel, Land Without Stars, was published shortly afterwards and was followed by a steady flow of highly praised novels and short story collections as well as numerous works of non-fiction and two volumes of memoirs. Having lectured and taught widely across Ireland and the United States, Kiely was Literary Editor of the Irish Press, and a regular contributor to the New Yorker and The Irish Times. A recipient of the Award for Literature from the Irish Academy of Letters and member of Aosdána, he passed away in 2007.

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