Irish Women Writers: An A-to-Z Guide (Google eBook)

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Alexander G. Gonzalez
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 348 pages
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Irish women writers have a large following, and their works are attracting large amounts of scholarly and critical attention. Through roughly 75 alphabetically arranged entries written by more than 35 expert contributors, this reference overviews the lives and works of Irish women writers active in a range of genres and periods. Each entry includes a brief biography, a discussion of major works and themes, a survey of the writer's critical reception, and a list of works by and about the author. The volume closes with a selected, general bibliography.

Ireland has an especially lively literary tradition, and works by Irish writers have long been recognized as interesting and influential. While male writers have received the bulk of the critical attention given to Irish literature, contemporary women writers are among the most widely read Irish authors. This reference overviews the lives and works of Irish women writers active in a range of periods and genres.

Included are roughly 75 alphabetically arranged entries written by more than 35 expert contributors. Among the writers discussed are:

; Elizabeth Bowen

; Mary Dorcey

; Lady Isabella Augusta Gregory

; Anne Hartigan

; Norah Hoult

; Paula Meehan

; Iris Murdoch

; Edna O'Brien

; Katharine Tynan

; Sheila Wingfield

; And many more.

Each entry includes a brief biography, a discussion of major works and themes, a review of the writer's critical reception, and a list of works by and about the writer. The volume closes with a selected, general bibliography.

  

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Contents

Linda Anderson 1949
9
Ivy Bannister 1951
12
Mary Beckett 1926
14
Sara Berkeley 1967
17
Maeve Binchy 1940
20
Caroline Blackwood 19311996
23
Eavan Boland 1944
26
Angela Bourke 1952
35
Marie Jones 1955
164
Molly Keane 19041996
168
Eva Kelly 18301910
172
Rita Kelly 1953
175
Emily Lawless 18451913
185
Joan Lingard 1932
190
Deirdre Madden 1960
193
Joy Martin 1937
197

Elizabeth Bowen 18991973
39
Clare Boylan 1948
44
Elizabeth Brennan 1907
48
Frances Browne 18161879
51
Mary Rose Callaghan 1944
54
Moya Cannon 1956
57
Marina Carr 1964
61
Juanita Casey 1925
67
Mary Catherine Gunning Maguire Colum 18841957
69
Julia M Crottie 18531930?
72
Geraldine Cummins 18901969
75
Ita Daly 1945
79
Suzanne Day 18901964
82
Teresa Deevy 18941963
84
Anne Devlin 1951
88
Eilis Dillon 19201994
94
Emma Donoghue 1969
98
Mary Dorcey 1950
102
Ellen Mary Patrick Downing 18281869
106
Maria Edgeworth 17671849
109
Ruth Dudley Edwards 1944
117
Anne Enright 1962
120
Mary E Frances Mary Blundell 18591930
124
Miriam Gallagher 1940
127
Sarah Grand 18541943
131
Lady Gregory née Isabella Augusta Persse 18521932
134
Anne Le Marquand Hartigan 1937
140
Rita Ann Higgins 1955
145
Norah Hoult 18981984
151
Biddy Jenkinson 1949
154
Jennifer Johnston 1930
158
Medbh McGuckian 1950
200
Janet McNeill 1907
208
Paula Meehan 1955
211
Máire Mhac an tSaoi 1922
216
Alice Milligan 18661953
219
Susan L Mitchell 18661926
224
Lady Morgan 1776?1859
228
Val Mulkerns 1925
232
Iris Murdoch 19191999
236
Eilean Ni Chuilleanain 1942
241
Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill 1952
248
Éilís ní Dhuibhne 1954
256
Áine Ní Ghlinn 1955
262
Máiréad Ní Ghráda 18961971
265
Edna OBrien 1930
268
Kate OBrien 18971974
276
Mary ODonnell 1954
280
Julia OFaolain 1932
283
Nuala OFaolain 1940
286
Mary OMalley 1954
290
Christina Reid 1942
294
Somerville and Ross EOE Somerville 18581949 and Violet Martin 18621915
298
Eithne Strong 19231999
303
Mary Tighe née Blachford 17721810
308
Katharine Tynan 18611931
314
Lady Wilde 18211896
319
Sheila Wingfield 19061992
323
Selected Bibliography
327
Index
333
About the Editor and Contributors
341
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ALEXANDER G. GONZALEZ is Professor of English at the State University of New York College at Cortland. His many books include Assessing the Achievement of J.M. Synge (1996), Modern Irish Writers: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook (1997), and Contemporary Irish Women Poets: Some Male Perspectives (1999), all available from Greenwood Press.

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