Appreciations And Depreciations; Irish Literary Studies

Paperback | January 11, 2012

byErnest Augustus Boyd

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1918. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... AN IRISH PROTESTANT: BERNARD SHAW. I. AT HOME. R. BERNARD SHAW has been the subject of so many essays and monographs that a hesitation to add to the number is natural. It is, however, remarkable that, while English, American, and continental European critics have studied his work, no Irishman has attempted to consider him from an Irish standpoint. We have been concerned rather with those whose efforts have contributed to the building up of a national Anglo-Irish literature, rather than with those who addressed themselves primarily to the English public. In 1876, when Shaw left Dublin for London, there had not yet been initiated that intellectual movement which, some ten years late, gave the impulse to what is known as the Irish Literary Revival. Consequently he necessarily belongs to the older type of Irish writer, who sought in England the material of his art, and the opportunity of self-expression. Probably his course would have been the same, even had he been of the generation as Yeats, "/E.." and Synge. As we shall see, there was but little hope of his being other than an intellectual expatriate, given the circumstances of his birth and the mentality derived from them. This fact doubtless accounts for the absence of specifically Irish criticism of Shaw, and for the relatively slight influence he has had in Ireland. Nevertheless, his case is one upon which we have to comment, for he is fundamentally an Irish product, familiar, it is true, but not without a special interest for Irishmen. Just as England is possessed of a type of mind which is summarised by the words "Nonconformist Conscience," Ireland is endowed with an equivalent species known as " the Irish Protestant." That is not to assert any strict identity between the two, but merely to indicate the pre...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1918. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... AN IRISH PROTESTANT: BERNARD SHAW. I. AT HOME. R. BERNARD SHAW has been the subject of so many essays and monographs that a hesitatio...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217687237

ISBN - 13:9780217687232

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