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“Before verse can be human again it must learn to be brutal.” — Irish poet Austin Clarke

“He cleared a non-Yeatsian space in which an Irish poet might build a confident poetry in English for which the term ‘Anglo-Irish’ is meaningless.” – Michael Schmidt, Lives of the Poets Austin Clarke was born in Dublin on this day … Continue reading

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Rejoyce. It’s Bloomsday.

Some men send flowers to commemorate an anniversary. James Joyce wrote Ulysses. Overachiever. On June 15, 1904, young James Joyce sent a note to Nora Barnacle, who was a waitress at Finn’s Hotel. Barnacle (what an apt name) was a … Continue reading

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Recommended Books: Fiction

I’ve added to this list. I still want to do a Non-Fiction one, eventually, but … you know … time permitting. Some authors are represented multiple times here. Other authors aren’t represented at all. For no real reason. Don’t read … Continue reading

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Edna O’Brien on The Country Girls

A terrific essay by Edna O’Brien about the publication of her first novel The Country Girls. Well worth reading but I’ll pull out the two parts I liked especially: The Country Girls took three weeks, or maybe less, to write. … Continue reading

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The Books: “Girls In Their Married Bliss” (Edna O’Brien)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction: Girls In Their Married Bliss, by Edna O’Brien. Girls In Their Married Bliss, with its obviously sarcastic title, is the final book in Edna O’Brien’s famous “Country Girls Trilogy”. Here’s my post about The Country … Continue reading

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The Books: “The Lonely Girl” (Edna O’Brien)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction: The Lonely Girl, by Edna O’Brien. Here’s my post about The Country Girls Trilogy as a whole, and Edna O’Brien as a writer. The Lonely Girl is the second book in this famous trilogy – … Continue reading

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The Books: “The Country Girls” (Edna O’Brien)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction: The Country Girls Trilogy, by Edna O’Brien. Published in one volume, the three books known as “The Country Girls Trilogy” – were what put Edna O’Brien on the map. Her first novel was “The Country … Continue reading

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“People ask me who was Baba, and I answer – Baba is who I’d like to be”

Me too. Wonderful interview with Edna O’Brien. Excerpt from interview: “I wrote The Country Girls in three weeks having blown the 50 quid advance. I was young, married with two small children, and whenever I met people, I was spouting … Continue reading

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1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

Jessa Crispin has an interesting interview with Peter Boxall, editor of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. I loved what Boxall said at the end: “Having benefited from an extraordinary number of emails and letters as well as … Continue reading

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The Books: “Virginia” (Edna O’Brien)

Next in my Daily Book Excerpt: That does it for the compilation of Odets’ plays – although I do have some more individual plays of his, which I will get to later. Of course you will, Sheila! Next play on … Continue reading

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