Exploring the lives and works of more than 80 Irish writers?including playwrights, novelists, short story writers, poets, essayists, historians, humorists, and philosophers. This book examines Irish writing within the context of each writer's life and times, while many curious details, such as the secret scribblings of an Irish rector, are revealed. Among those exposed are the author who turned to writing when he ran a sword through a fellow actor; the writer who stole a priest's name; and the master of words who became "The Invisible Prince.". With wit and style, this book presents the essential biographical details of an diverse range of literary genius, from Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde, to Flann O'Brien, Elizabeth Bowen, and Seamus Heaney.
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