Ireland is a center of international attention in this decade. Now available in trade paperback, this book is an instructive, opinionated, annotated list of texts that anyone in America who is Irish, or interested in the Irish, ought to read. Morgan Llywelyn has chosen these works for their accuracy and their appeal, and describes them in clear, concise language that is in itself a pleasure. It does not summarize the contents but rather tells you what experiences are in store for the reader of each individual book.The books are listed in broad categories, such as biography and autobiography, history, poetry, fiction, and many more.This guide will be a useful companion for travellers to Ireland, will give insight into the heritage of Irish Americans, will be a guide to further reading and perhaps even to building family libraries. Morgan Llywelyn, the author of fine novels of the history of Ireland, such as Lion of Ireland, and the present, such as 1916, has both the knowledge and the credibility to present this book to the reading public. At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.
American-born Irish historical novelist Llywelyn (1916, LJ 2/15/98) has compiled an annotated bibliography of works she feels anyone interested in Irish studies ought to read. Descriptions are provided for titles in categories including biography, history, folklore, novels, and poetry. Many works are recent publications, such as Thomas Cahill's How the Irish Saved Civilization (LJ 3/15/95), but standard Irish classics are well represented, e.g., Sean O'Casey's Autobiographies, J.M. Synge's Aran Islands, and Cecil Woodham-Smith's The Great Hunger. Novelists include James Joyce, Walter Macken, James Plunkett, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, and Maeve Binchy; poets include Seamus Heaney, John Montague, and W.B. Yeats. As with similar "must read" lists, one can argue for the inclusion of other works, but this compilation is one person's opinion. One notable omission, however, is any collection of short stories. Nonetheless, Llywelyn provides the basis for a solid grounding in Irish studies. Recommended for public and academic libraries.�Denise J. Stankovics, Rockville P.L., Vernon, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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March 01, 2000
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