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In a volume that has become a standard text in Irish studies, editors Maureen O'Rourke Murphy and James MacKillop survey thirteen centuries of Irish literature, including old Irish epic and lyric poetry, Irish folksongs and a selection of nineteenth-century prose and poetry. For each author the editors provide a biographical sketch, a brief discussion of how his or her sel In a volume that has become a standard text in Irish studies, editors Maureen O'Rourke Murphy and James MacKillop survey thirteen centuries of Irish literature, including old Irish epic and lyric poetry, Irish folksongs and a selection of nineteenth-century prose and poetry. For each author the editors provide a biographical sketch, a brief discussion of how his or her selections relate to a larger body of work, and a selected bibliography. In addition, this new volume also includes a larger sampling of women writers.


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In a volume that has become a standard text in Irish studies, editors Maureen O'Rourke Murphy and James MacKillop survey thirteen centuries of Irish literature, including old Irish epic and lyric poetry, Irish folksongs and a selection of nineteenth-century prose and poetry. For each author the editors provide a biographical sketch, a brief discussion of how his or her sel In a volume that has become a standard text in Irish studies, editors Maureen O'Rourke Murphy and James MacKillop survey thirteen centuries of Irish literature, including old Irish epic and lyric poetry, Irish folksongs and a selection of nineteenth-century prose and poetry. For each author the editors provide a biographical sketch, a brief discussion of how his or her selections relate to a larger body of work, and a selected bibliography. In addition, this new volume also includes a larger sampling of women writers.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Fedelm

    Hard to choose between 4 stars and 5, so I'll go with my personal experience reading this anthology from cover to cover. It was a very useful and interesting book as far as sampling Irish writing of all time periods and styles. I was mostly interested in the early mythology and in modern short stories, and this book was very helpful in helping me find authors to read more from. There is also a very large selection of poetry. Unfortunately I have a lot of trouble understanding poetry, so while I Hard to choose between 4 stars and 5, so I'll go with my personal experience reading this anthology from cover to cover. It was a very useful and interesting book as far as sampling Irish writing of all time periods and styles. I was mostly interested in the early mythology and in modern short stories, and this book was very helpful in helping me find authors to read more from. There is also a very large selection of poetry. Unfortunately I have a lot of trouble understanding poetry, so while I was (again) able to pick out a couple of authors whose poetry I think I would be able to enjoy, there was so much in the twentieth century section that I got very tired wading through it and wondered when we'd finally get to the short story section. Then there's a useful glossary in the back, as well as an introduction to each author before presenting their work, but a lot of the writing was still hard to understand for a non-Irish person like myself. I hate to criticize the book however; it's wonderful, informative, highly recommended for classes and to anyone interested in Irish literature and wants a good-size sampling. But it would be a lot better suited to those who are already pretty well-versed in literature and/or Irish colloquialisms.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Maya

    Please see my review at Celtic Scholar's Reviews and Opinions Please see my review at Celtic Scholar's Reviews and Opinions

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