Parameters of Irish Literature In English
21.0 x 15.0 cm. 44 pp. 1986 Princess Grace Irish Library Lectures series (ISSN 0950-5121) volume 1
In this lecture, given at the Princess Grace Irish Library on 25 April 1986, Professor Jeffares surveys creative writing in Ireland from the earliest times to its flowering in the last centuries.
The list of great Irish writers is truly remarkable: not only does it include 20th century figures such as Beckett, Joyce, Moore, O'Casey, Shaw, Synge and Yeats, but equally famous names from the 19th century and earlier, including the Banims, Boucicault, Carleton, Congreve, Edgeworth, Farquhar, Le Fanu, Lever, Lover, Sheridan, Swift, Wilde, and many more. There are countless others who have suffered from the vagaries of fashion and the lack of modern critical appreciation.
Irish authors have had a very wide readership, not only in Ireland and Britain, but throughout the English-speaking world, particularly in the United States of America, where they have always been extremely popular.
Professor Jeffares also provides a list of writers of Irish literature in English, as well as important writers in the Irish language.