Modern Irish Literature: Sources and Founders

Hardcover | June 1, 1993

byVivian MercierEditorEilis Dillon

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Modern Irish Literature: Sources and Founders marks the culmination of the lifetime interest of the distinguished scholar Vivian Mercier (1919-89) in the influence of Gaelic literature on modern Irish writing.Building on the insights developed in his classic The Irish Comic Tradition, in which he traced the continuity of attitudes and subjects of Irish writers from pre-Christian times to the present, Professor Mercier's focus here is on the research of nineteenth-century scholars which gave rise to therevival of Irish literature in English. Separate chapters analysing the work of writers including Bernard Shaw, Yeats, Synge, Joyce, and Beckett build to provide a fresh and timely picture of Irish literary tradition.Informed by a wealth and diversity of scholarship, and written in a highly accessible style, this book stands as a memorial to the achievement of Vivian Mercier and as an important contribution to the study of Irish literature.

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Modern Irish Literature: Sources and Founders marks the culmination of the lifetime interest of the distinguished scholar Vivian Mercier (1919-89) in the influence of Gaelic literature on modern Irish writing.Building on the insights developed in his classic The Irish Comic Tradition, in which he traced the continuity of attitudes and ...

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Modern Irish Literature: Sources and Founders marks the culmination of the lifetime interest of the distinguished scholar Vivian Mercier (1919-89) in the influence of Gaelic literature on modern Irish writing. Building on the insights developed in his classic The Irish Comic Tradition, in which he traced the continuity of attitudes and...

Vivian Mercier is at University of California, Santa Barbara.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:398 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.02 inPublished:June 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198120745

ISBN - 13:9780198120742

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`this handsome volume stands as an enduring testament to the writing lives of the two people who predeceased it...The scholar and the critic cannot be separated; in this wonderful book, they read as one in the strong voice which was among the very first to proclaim the value of Anglo-Irishliterature as a subject worthy of study in its own right.'Irish University Review