The Oxford Book of Irish Short Stories

Paperback | April 18, 2010

EditorWilliam Trevor

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Ireland has long been a nation of story-tellers. What began as a lively form of entertainment has grown into an unrivalled literary genre. Although Ireland may mourn the loss of the seanchai, the old hearthside story-teller, the Irish art of story-telling is by no means lost. This varied anthology traces the development of the Irish short story from the early folk-tales of the oral tradition through Oliver Goldsmith, Maria Edgeworth,James Joyce, and Liam O'Flaherty, and on to the rising stars of the modern generation, such as Bernard Mac Laverty and Desmond Hogan.

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Ireland has long been a nation of story-tellers. What began as a lively form of entertainment has grown into an unrivalled literary genre. Although Ireland may mourn the loss of the seanchai, the old hearthside story-teller, the Irish art of story-telling is by no means lost. This varied anthology traces the development of the Irish sh...

William Trevor was born in Mitchelstown, County Cork in 1928 and spent his childhood in provincial Ireland. He attended a number of Irish schools and later Trinity College, Dublin. He is a member of the Irish Academy of Letters and was awarded an honorary CBE in 1977 in recognition of his services to literature. His most recent public...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.68 inPublished:April 18, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199583145

ISBN - 13:9780199583140

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Table of Contents

IntroductionThe Hour of DeathFionn in Search of his YouthCromwell and the FriarThe Girl and the SailorThe Four-leafed Shamrock and the CockThe Cow that ate the PiperConal and Donal and TaigOliver Goldsmith: Adventures of a Strolling PlayerMaria Edgeworth: The Limerick GlovesWilliam Carleton: The Death of a DevoteeGerald Griffin: The Brown ManSheridan Le Fanu: Green TeaGeorge Moore: Albert NobbsOscar Wilde: The Sphinx without a SecretE.E. Somerville and Martin Ross: Philippa's Fox HuntDaniel Corkery: The PriestSeumas O'Kelly: The Weaver's GraveJames Joyce: The DeadPadraic O Conaire: My Little Black AssJames Stephens: The TriangleJoyce Carey: Bush RiverLiam O'Flaherty: The Pedlar's RevengeLiam O'Flaherty: The FanaticElizabeth Bowen: Her Table SpreadSean O'Faolain: The Faithless WifeSean O'Faolain: The Sugawn ChairFrank O'Connor: Guests of the NationFrank O'Connor: The Majesty of the LawPatrick Boyle: PastoraleMairtan O Cadhain: The Hare-LipMichael McLaverty: The Poteen MakerBryan MacMahon: The RingMary Lavin: SarahTerence De Vere White: Desert IslandBenedict Kiely: The PilgrimsJames Plunkett: Weep for our PrideVal Mulkerns: LoserAidan Higgins: The Bird I FanciedWilliam Trevor: Death in JerusalemBrian Friel: The DivinerJohn Montague: An Occasion of SinEdna O'Brien: Irish RevelJulia O'Faolain: First ConjugationJohn McGahern: The Beginning of an IdeaBernard Mac Laverty: Life DrawingDesmond Hogan: The AiredaleAcknowledgementsIndex of Authors

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Review from previous edition: "The very best of centuries of Irish short fiction...A classic, take-your-breath-away collection cannily assembled by a master of the medium William Trevor" --Observer