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The Absentee By Maria Edgeworth
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Lord and Lady Clonbrony are more concerned with fashionable London society than with their responsibilities to those who live and work on their Irish estates. Concerned by this negligence, their son,... More > Lord Colambre, goes incognito to Ireland to observe the situation and to discover the truth about the origins of his beloved cousin Grace. Can he find a solution that will bring prosperity and contentment to every level of society, including his own family? Rich in atmosphere and local character, "The Absentee" helped establish the regional' novel form, which influenced such varied writers as Scott, Thackeray and Turgenev. In this sparkling satire on Anglo-Irish relations, Maria Edgeworth created a landmark work of morality and social realism.< Less
Melmoth the Wanderer By Charles Maturin
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Written by an eccentric Anglican curate in Dublin, Melmoth the Wanderer (1820) brought the Gothic novel to a new pitch of claustrophobic intensity, surpassing the quiet tremors of Ann Radcliffe's... More > romances in its reckless accumulation of cruelties and blasphemies. Its tormented villain, a Faustian transgressor desperately seeking a victim to release him from his fatal bargain with the devil, was regarded by Balzac as one of the great outcasts of modern literature. Intended partly as an attack on Roman Catholicism, Maturin's intriguing novel teeters giddily over abysses of sacrilege and raving paranoia, in moments of delirious panic worthy of Godwin or Poe.< Less
The Vicar of Wakefield By Oliver Goldsmith
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Oliver Goldsmith's hugely successful novel of 1766 remained for generations one of the most highly regarded and beloved works of eighteenth-century fiction. It depicts the fall and rise of the... More > Primrose family, presided over by the benevolent vicar, the narrator of a fairy-tale plot of impersonation and deception, the abduction of a beautiful heroine and the machinations of an aristocratic villain. By turns comic and sentimental, the novel's popularity owes much to its recognizable depiction of domestic life and loving family relationships.< Less
Early Bardic Literature, Ireland. By Standish O'Grady
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Seasons with the Sham-RockS By Julia Perkens & Anna Perkens
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Two Irish sisters were inspired by Ireland’s stories and legends of banshees, leprechauns, and giants such as Finn McCool, and went on to create their own Sham-Rock characters, who feature in... More > this set of early learning books encouraging children to learn to count, learn the seasons, and recognize colours, while also enjoying their Celtic heritage. In 'Seasons with the Sham-RockS,' learn the seasons of spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Includes a colour-in Sham-Rock page at the end!< Less
Travels in Ireland – Part 1 By Johann Georg Kohl
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This is the opening part of 'Travels in Ireland', by J.G Kohl, first published in 1844. It gives a glimpse of life in the years after Catholic Emancipation and immediately before the Great Irish... More > Famine. Part One takes us from Dublin through Edgeworthtown, The Shannon, Limerick, Edenvale and Kilrush. We get a contemporary view of landlords, both resident and absentee and how the latter contributed to the neglect and hardship of the rural Irish peasantry. Developments on the Shannon are examined, promising improvements for the West of Ireland and the desperate plight of the peasantry. Kohl’s interest in the people, ballads and folklore of Ireland, gives us a final glimpse of an aspect of life which had resisted colonial oppression only to be devastated by the great calamity of the Irish Famine which finally destroyed a vibrant peasant culture. This book makes a considerable contribution to our understanding of both local and family histories and is most welcome in print form.< Less
Dubliners By James Joyce
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Dubliners is a collection of 15 short stories by James Joyce, first published in 1914. They were meant to be a naturalistic depiction of Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early... More > years of the 20th century. The stories were written when Irish nationalism was at its peak, and a search for a national identity and purpose was raging; at a crossroads of history and culture, Ireland was jolted by various converging ideas and influences. They centre on Joyce's idea of an epiphany: a moment where a character experiences self-understanding or illumination. Many of the characters in Dubliners later appear in minor roles in Joyce's novel Ulysses. The initial stories in the collection are narrated by child protagonists, and as the stories continue, they deal with the lives and concerns of progressively older people. This is in line with Joyce's tripartite division of the collection into childhood, adolescence, and maturity. James Joyce, one of the most influential writers in the early 20th century.< Less
Dubliners By James Joyce
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Dubliners is a collection of 15 short stories by James Joyce, first published in 1914. They form a naturalistic depiction of Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the... More > 20th century. The stories were written when Irish nationalism was at its peak and a search for a national identity and purpose was raging; at a crossroads of history and culture, Ireland was jolted by various converging ideas and influences. They centre on Joyce's idea of an epiphany: a moment where a character experiences self-understanding or illumination. Many of the characters in Dubliners later appear in minor roles in Joyce's novel Ulysses. The initial stories in the collection are narrated by child protagonists, and as the stories continue, they deal with the lives and concerns of progressively older people. This is in line with Joyce's tripartite division of the collection into childhood, adolescence, and maturity.< Less
In The Mist Of Gods By Barry Fitzgerald
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For centuries, tales of fairies or fae have been popular in western folklore. But these are not the whimsical, winged creatures romanticized in modern literature and popular culture: but old-world,... More > intelligent, and sometimes dangerous beings hidden in the tunnels, mounds, and raths in countries all over the world. Known by many names, the fae co-exists with mankind, and at times come into direct contact with unsuspecting people whose lives are changed forever. In The Mist Of Gods explores the enigma of the fairy, also known as the Old-Gods, and examines their metamorphosis into the modern extraterrestrial phenomena. Personal experiences and first-hand accounts take the reader deep into the underworld: a world we walk above every day. Venturing into the depths, it is revealed that these legends of old have an element of truth behind them — a truth with troubling consequences.< Less
Dubliners By James Joyce
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Dubliners is a collection of 15 short stories by James Joyce, first published in 1914. They were meant to be a naturalistic depiction of Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early... More > years of the 20th century. The stories were written when Irish nationalism was at its peak, and a search for a national identity and purpose was raging; at a crossroads of history and culture, Ireland was jolted by various converging ideas and influences. They centre on Joyce's idea of an epiphany: A moment where a character experiences self-understanding or illumination. Many of the characters in Dubliners later appear in minor roles in Joyce's Ulysses. The initial stories in the collection are narrated by child protagonists, and as the stories continue, they deal with the lives and concerns of progressively older people. This is in line with Joyce's tripartite division of the collection into childhood, adolescence, and maturity. James Joyce, one of the most influential writers in the early 20th century.< Less

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