The Authentic Voice
As well as 21 papers originally given at the William Carleton Summer Festival, this volume on the great pre-Famine Irish writer contains contemporary writings, letters and documents about Carleton (1794–1869), a chronology and a publication history of his writings.
Strangers to That Land
British Perceptions of Ireland from the Reformation to the Famine
In two parts, covering the periods 1540–1660 and 1660–1850, this volume presents first-hand descriptions of Ireland by English, Scottish and Welsh writers who visited the country, and provides notes on the authors and the historical context of their writings. Among the great range of writers represented are Edmund Campion (visiting in 1570), John Wesley (c.1750), Thomas de Quincey (c.1800), Thomas Carlyle (1849) and Queen Victoria (1870).
Shaw, Lady Gregory and the Abbey
A Correspondence and a Record
Bernard Shaw, who made his reputation in London, and Augusta Gregory, founder of Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, are often seen as belonging to different worlds. But when Shaw’s play The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet was banned in England, it was to the Abbey that he turned. This complete edition of the witty, informal letters that passed between him and Lady Gregory sheds light on the politics of the day, and emphasizes Shaw’s important yet unrecognized contribution to the Irish theatre.
The Poems & Plays of Oliver St John Gogarty
Satirized as ‘stately Buck Mulligan’ in James Joyce’s Ulysses, Oliver St John Gogarty (1878–1957) was a leading figure in the Irish literary Renaissance, whose elegant lyric verse was greatly admired by his friend WB Yeats. This complete edition brings together his 15 volumes of poetry, together with more than 200 unpublished poems and the three plays he wrote for Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, allowing modern readers to appreciate the full range of his lively, evocative writing.
Mr. Gregory's Letter-box, 1813-35
William Gregory, the grandfather of Lady Gregory’s husband, was Under Secretary for Ireland – he was said to be the ‘real ruler’ of Ireland – from 1812 to 1831. Edited in 1898, his letters offer a valuable insight into the period following the loss of Ireland’s Parliament.
A Play in Three Acts by Sean O'Casey
Set in 1913, a year of industrial turmoil in Ireland, O’Casey’s play focuses on the workers’ strikes and riots as they converged on a Dublin church busy with its harvest festival preparations. Written around 1918–19, but never performed, this is O’Casey’s earliest extant play, published for the first time in this 1979 edition, with an introduction by John O’Riordan. Slightly off-mint.
Hail and Farewell!
Ave, Salve, Vale
In 1901, George Moore, the celebrated author of Esther Waters , returned to his native Dublin at the height of the Irish Literary Revival. First published in 1911, his monumental Hail and Farewell! profiles the movement’s leading figures, including WB Yeats, Lady Gregory and JM Synge, charts the development of the Abbey Theatre, and illuminates the literary, artistic and musical tastes of the period. This new edition provides notes explaining many references familiar to the book’s original readers but now obscure.