The winner of the annual International IMPAC Dublin literary award was announced on May 13 in Dublin as Michel Houellebecq for his novel Atomised. In this sixth year since the award's inception, nominees included well–known authors and Booker Prize winners, Margaret Atwood for The Blind Assassin, Peter Carey for The True History o the Kelly Gang, and Irish writer Michael … [Read more...] about The Richest Book Prize
A Sampling of the Latest Irish Books. RECOMMENDED Acclaimed historian Edward T. O'Donnell goes from the Ice Age to Michael Phelan ("The Father of American Billiards") in his breezy history 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About Irish American History. O'Donnell, professor of American History at Holy Cross College, covers topics ranging from Ireland Before 1850, Religion, … [Read more...] about Book Reviews
In his book Danny Boy – The Beloved Irish Ballad to be published in March, well-known Irish-American writer Malachy McCourt offers an explication of the history, facts and myths surrounding the well-loved Irish air. McCourt explains that "Danny Boy" is unique in that people are willing to overlook a bad rendition if the singer is earnest and the moment is true. It is certainly … [Read more...] about Danny Boy Uncovered
A sampling of the latest Irish books on offer. RECOMMENDED Brotherhood, a stunning, 240-page book of photos, captures the heavily-Irish New York Fire Department in all its rugged, poignant suffering and glory. Pity Frank McCourt, who was drafted to write the introduction. His words are somehow supposed to stand alongside these extraordinary images. Somehow, he pulls it … [Read more...] about Book Reviews
The original manuscript of James Joyce's Ulysses traveled to Dublin this summer to be exhibited at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle. Entitled "Ulysses in Hand: The Rosenbach Manuscript," the exhibit was organized by the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia.
Ulysses takes place on one day – June 16, 1904 – in Dublin. In fact, Joyce is said to have claimed … [Read more...] about Hibernia: Ulysses
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