Gaelic Prose In The Irish Free State: 1922–1939

Paperback | September 28, 2010

byPhilip OLeary

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Gaelic Prose in the Irish Free State, 1922–1939 is a continuation of Philip O’Leary’s previous path-breaking book on the prose literature of the Gaelic Revival. The period following the War of Independence and Civil War saw an outpouring of book-length works in Irish from the state publishing agency An Gúm. The frequency and production of new plays, both original and translated, have never been approached since. O’Leary has investigated all of these works, as well as journalism and manuscript material, and discusses them in a lively and often humorous manner. Several writers known for their work in English, such as Liam O’Flaherty, Sean O’Faolain, and Frank O’Connor, who were either writing on occasion in Irish or engaging in debates within the Gaelic movement, emerge as important figures.

With the publication of Gaelic Prose in the Irish Free State, 1922–1939, we have at last an authoritative and balanced account of this major but neglected aspect of the Irish cultural renaissance. This will be an essential reference book for anyone interested in Irish literature in the twentieth century.

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Gaelic Prose in the Irish Free State, 1922–1939 is a continuation of Philip O’Leary’s previous path-breaking book on the prose literature of the Gaelic Revival. The period following the War of Independence and Civil War saw an outpouring of book-length works in Irish from the state publishing agency An Gúm. The frequency and production...

Philip O’Leary is Associate Professor in the Irish Studies program at Boston College and Co-General Editor of the Cambridge History of Irish Literature. His book The Prose Literature of the Gaelic Revival, 1881–1921: Ideology and Innovation (Penn State, 1994) was awarded the 1995 Donald Murphy Prize by the American Conference for Irish...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:784 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:September 28, 2010Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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“This is a magnificent achievement, a thorough exploration of the status of a lesser-used language in a new nation-state, at a time when even radio was available only to a minority, and print was the mass medium.”

—Angela Bourke, Geolinguistics