The Oxford Book of Ireland

The Oxford Book of Ireland

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Ireland is a country that arouses strong opinions - everyone has a view on its character, its foibles, its charms and its waywardness. It has inspired some of the best poetry and nurtured some of the best writers in the world, and in this book, poets, novelists, artists, dramatists, historians, philosophers, peasants and aristocrats are brought together to celebrate and commemorate the nation and its people. Irish history lives more in the present than that of other countries, and there are constant reminders in these pages of past triumphs and tragedies, and their continuing impact on the national psyche. Conquest, famine, emigration, the decline of the language, the struggle for identity and independence are all charted here with a raw and passionate immediacy. Interwoven with episodes of national turbulence are lyrical sections on the Irish landscape and countryside, on the cities and the suburbs, the climate and the folk culture: high jinks and convivially alongside reminiscence and more

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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 139.2 x 215.4 x 39.1mm | 746.47g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 2 maps
  • 0192881124
  • 9780192881120

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"Add this volume to your library for a varied but splendid portrait of Ireland through the eyes and words of great literary figures...another masterpiece both in content and presentation."--Naples Daily"Good for pleasure reading.... Recommended for public libraries."--Library Journal"This is the kind of anthology that is fun to pull out when you need an erudite Irish fix."--The Irish American Postshow more

About Patricia Craig

A freelance writer and reviewer, Patricia Craig has edited The Oxford Books of English Detective Stories, Schooldays, Modern Women's Stories, and Travel more

Table of contents

The character of Ireland; Dublin of the old statues; a brighter life; Hoary with history; dirty streets and proud people; in my childhood trees were green; an Ulster twilight; bitter memories; a nation of lunaticks!; the Irish question; the fields beyond the house; brown rain falling heavily; the thick and bloody fight; the amazing power of emblems; the famish'd lane; farewell to bran and stack and tree; ancestral houses; western landscape; puritan Ireland; Sean nos/old style; the stereophonic nightmare; the war against the more

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