A Literary Tour of Ireland
7 3/4” x 10” • 272 pages • color and b&w illus.
ISBN 9780863277313 • paperback • $22.95 •
"...passionately intimate and often illuminating."-The Irish Times
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For decades Irish writers have been at the forefront of international literary excellence and success. In A Literary Tour of Ireland Elizabeth Healy travels twenty routes on her all-Ireland circuit profiling many of the major figures of Irish literature and writing about those places in Ireland most closely associated with them.
Visiting monastery and mountain cottage, holy well and mansion house, the hidden Ireland and its public face, she leads us from Synge’s Wicklow and O’Connor’s Cork through Kerry’s old and new traditions, all along the western seaboard, out to Liam O’Flaherty’s Aran Islands. Rekindling the lyric mood with Yeats at Knocknarea, we discover the Donegal of Brian Friel, Seamus Heaney’s Derry, and Benedict Kiely’s Tyrone. Via Belfast into Antrim’s splendid glens in the company of the Bront‘ Sisters—a host of voices; and we re-enact our greatest tale of all The T‡in.
The youthful villages of Oliver Goldsmith, Patrick Kavanagh, and John McGahern prepare us for Dublin’s jumble of literary streets and fictions. With Wilde, Shaw, Swift, O’Casey, Joyce, and Beckett—pouring words upon cityscapes, we finally enter the Liffey, to complete a rewarding and exciting journey.
A Literary Tour of Ireland brings us right up to date with figures from the 1990s including Roddy Doyle and his north Dublin inspiration, Frank McCourt’s Limerick, and information on the myriad of glittering prizes won by the likes of Seamus Heaney, Seamus Deane, and Martin McDonogh. This lovingly written and informative book conveys the sense of depth that comes from a knowledge of Ireland’s richly textured land and literature.
The former editor of Ireland’s tourism magazine, Ireland of the Welcomes, Elizabeth Healy is an expert on Ireland with a deep love of her subject. She has toured in many parts of the world including the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and through the Himalayas, developing along the way a strong instinct for the travelers needs. Originally from Cork, she now lives in Dublin, and works as a freelance journalist.
"The author writes with the urgency and enthusiasm of a guide who wishes to show you everything before nightfall."-The Irish Times
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