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The Oxford Book of Ireland By Edited by Patricia Craig

The Oxford Book of Ireland
by Edited by Patricia Craig

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A literary anthology that charts Ireland's cultural and social development through the world of poets, novelists, historians, and commentators: the Troubles, the great Famine, emigration, the decline of the language, the beauty of the landscape, the great cities, and the inhabitants are all brought together to capture the character of Ireland.
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The Oxford Book of Ireland by Edited by Patricia Craig

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 The Oxford Book of Ireland 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 conviviality alongside reminiscence and disputation. Patricia Craig's skilful selection transforms a kaleidoscope of images into a picture of real substance and character; immensely rich and varied, full of the unexpected, as well as familiar voices from the Irish scene. The Oxford Book of Ireland captures the essence of a complex and fascinating land.

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The Oxford Book of Ireland Reviews


Review from previous edition "A wonderful tour of writing in and on Ireland, full of light and shade, tensions and contrasts: imaginative, arresting, eloquent, and always authentic."--Roy Foster


Review from previous edition "A wonderful tour of writing in and on Ireland, full of light and shade, tensions and contrasts: imaginative, arresting, eloquent, and always authentic."--Roy Foster

Review from previous edition "A wonderful tour of writing in and on Ireland, full of light and shade, tensions and contrasts: imaginative, arresting, eloquent, and always authentic."--Roy Foster


Review from previous edition "A wonderful tour of writing in and on Ireland, full of light and shade, tensions and contrasts: imaginative, arresting, eloquent, and always authentic."--Roy Foster


About Edited by Patricia Craig



Patricia Craig was born and educated in Belfast before moving to London, where she now lives. She is a freelance critic and reviewer, and has edited several anthologies, including Oxford Books of Detective Stories, English Detective Stories, Modern Women's Stories, and Travel Stories.

Table of Contents


Introduction; 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 Past; Acknowledgments; Index of Authors

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GOR002633975
The Oxford Book of Ireland by Edited by Patricia Craig
Edited by Patricia Craig
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
2003-08-28
534
019280488X
9780192804884
N/A
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