Five Irish Writers: The Errand of Keeping Alive John Hildebidle

ISBN: 9780674304871

Published: November 11th 1989

Hardcover

245 pages


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Five Irish Writers: The Errand of Keeping Alive  by  John Hildebidle

Five Irish Writers: The Errand of Keeping Alive by John Hildebidle
November 11th 1989 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 245 pages | ISBN: 9780674304871 | 3.26 Mb

Liam OFlaherty, Kate OBrien, Elizabeth Bowen, Sean OFaolain, and Frank OConnor--theirs were among the most distinctive voices in Irish fiction in the twentieth century. Born within a few years of each other near the turn of the century, theyMoreLiam OFlaherty, Kate OBrien, Elizabeth Bowen, Sean OFaolain, and Frank OConnor--theirs were among the most distinctive voices in Irish fiction in the twentieth century. Born within a few years of each other near the turn of the century, they represented the first literary generation to come of age in the shadow of Irelands twin monuments, Joyces Ulysses and the poetry of William Butler Yeats, and their work has too long remained in that shadow.Raised in different parts of Ireland and in widely differing milieux, all five lived through the turmoil of the revolution and civil war that gave birth to the Irish Republic and on into the disappointments of the thirties and forties.

As their talents matured, each developed a unique vision of Ireland, comic or homely, angry or despairing. Despite its diversity, their fiction shares a sense of disillusionment, loneliness, and radical detachment from both culture and self.John Hildebidle offers the first serious critical assessment of these writers.

He examines the common themes and concerns that run through their work, among them family, war, the Troubles, myth, death, and exile. As he demonstrates, all five authors saw in the Ireland that grew out of the events of 1916-1923 a nation that stifled the creative energies and bright hopes of its youth, and their fiction can be seen as responding in diverse ways to that reality. Hildebidles perceptive analysis of their works should do much to win these authors a place in the canon of modern fiction in English.The extensive annotated bibliography includes writings by and about not only these five authors but also the Irish fiction writers who succeeded them.



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