Seán O’Faoláin: Literature, Inheritance and the 1930s

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Paul Delaney

This is an original and timely study of one of the most influential figures in 20th century Irish culture. Seán O’Faoláin’s rich and diverse career spanned many genres – biography, novels, short stories, travel writing and editorship of the hugely influential journal The Bell. Paul Delaney’s insightful study of the times and the themes make this a ground-breaking interpretation of the work of O’Faoláin.

Product Description

Seán O’Faoláin was one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century Irish culture. A short-story writer of international repute, he was also a leading commentator and critic, and was editor of the landmark journal The Bell. His work was central to the evolution of post-independence Irish writing, and his voice was one of the most prominent, and eloquent, in the fight against censorship in Ireland.

Paul Delaney presents an innovative re-reading and vibrant study of O’Faoláin’s diversity and influence, engaging with the non-fiction as well as the novels and short stories. From the conflicting biographies of Eamon de Valera to the controversies and debates of the 1930s, the importance of O’Faoláin’s legacy and relevance to modern readers is teased out in accessible and original insights.

Table of Contents

Introduction

PART I: BIOGRAPHY
Interpretation, Intervention, Revision
1. ‘Quite unnecessary’: The Early Biographies
2. ‘Let Ireland begin’: King of the Beggars
3. Iterations and Revisions: De Valera

PART II: FICTION
Literature Revivified?
4. Modulated Perspectives: Midsummer Night Madness
5. ‘Rising in the world’: A Nest of Simple Folk
6. Faust Under The Weather-Fish: Bird Alone
7. ‘It’s hard to tell…’: A Purse of Coppers
Postscript: She Had to Do Something

About the Author

Paul Delaney is Lecturer in Irish Writing in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin. His publications include the edited collections Reading Colm Tóibín (2008) and William Trevor: Revaluations with Michael Parker (2013).

Additional Information

Author

Paul Delaney

Imprint

Irish Academic Press

Format

Paperback

PAPERBACK ISBN

9780716532668

EXTENT

272 pages

Publication Date

13th October 2014

Genre

Irish Literature