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Finding Ireland : a poet's explorations of Irish literature and culture
Richard Tillinghast
Adult Nonfiction PR8731 .T55 2008

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In this book of literary tourism, Tillinghast includes essays on Ireland's major literary figures as well as on contemporary Irish culture. As an American poet and critic who visited and lived in Ireland periodically before becoming a resident in 2005, Tillinghast is uniquely suited to write about the culture, history, and literature of his adopted country. Celebrating its recent economic transformation, he introduces readers to a bustling, economically successful member of the European Union yet doesn't neglect the country's dark days as an English colony. He offers thoughtful commentary on the works of such Irish writers as W.B. Yeats, Oscar Wilde, and Seamus Heaney and considers Anglo-Irish writers John Millington Synge, Elizabeth Bowen, George Moore, and William Trevor. Tillinghast purposely omits James Joyce because he has little new to add to present scholarship. Aside from literary analysis, he devotes a chapter to traditional Irish music. What distinguishes this book is Tillinghast's blend of tourist information and insightful criticism. Whether planning a trip or just fascinated by Ireland's rich history and literary contributions, readers will enjoy this book. Recommended for public collections.--Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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