This text provides a thorough initiation into the works of a broad selection of living Irish writers. The collection treats the writings of a range of individuals, from such well established artists as Seamus Heaney and Brian Friel, to those whose reputations demand to be extended beyond their Irish audience. With a comprehensive introduction which provides a continuum from the Celtic Twilight to the present day, and with literary and historical chronologies and maps, the book is formatted with chapters on poetry, prose, drama, and autobiography. The careers of major figures are examined in some detail, and a preliminary acquaintance is provided for writers who may be new to non-Irish readers. Of particular interest are the chapters on the contemporary contribution to literature from the troubled province of Northern Ireland, the work of the newly canonical female writers, and the recent innovative work appearing on the Irish stage.
CHRISTINA HUNT MAHONY is the Associate Director of the Center for Irish Studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She is the author of studies on W.B. Yeats, Louis MacNeice, and Irish women novelists, and has lectured in the U.S., in Ireland, and on the continent on Victorian and twentieth-century Irish poetry and drama. She is a graduate of Marquette University and holds a Ph.D. from University College, Dublin.