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Paddy Plastique Irish novels? (17) RE: Irish novels? 30 Jul 01


The great Irish prose writer of around the Famine and the decades after is one William Carleton. His masterpiece is the 2 volume 'Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry' - which gives an insight into the Ireland that was virtually wiped out by the famine. Probably not findable on Amazon - you could try any of the Irish booksellers that are on-line (if there are any left ?) I think there's one called Hughes's in Galway - or maybe Easons (assuming they've taken over Fred Hanna's) I think one of his stories is re-printed in 'Representative Irish Tales' by Yeats. He also wrote an autobiography which would describe the period fairly well and was the subject of (The?) Poor Scholar by Benedict Kiely (a literary biography, I think). I'm not at all sure about the quality of his novels - but I think there's one based at the time of the Famine (is it 'Feardorcha the Miser' ?)

PS There's a slight risk I've mixed up the names of bookshops and pubs in my mind - as cited above


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