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Irish Literature: The Eighteenth Century: An Annotated Anthology A. Norman Jeffares

Irish Literature: The Eighteenth Century: An Annotated Anthology

A. Norman Jeffares

Published October 1st 2005
ISBN : 9780716527992
Hardcover
402 pages
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Irish Literature Eighteenth Century illustrates not only the impressive achievement of the great writers-Swift, Berkeley, Burke, Goldsmith and Sheridan-but also shows the varied accomplishment of others, providing unexpected, entertaining examplesMoreIrish Literature Eighteenth Century illustrates not only the impressive achievement of the great writers-Swift, Berkeley, Burke, Goldsmith and Sheridan-but also shows the varied accomplishment of others, providing unexpected, entertaining examples from the pens of the less well known. Here are examples of the witty comic dramas so successfully written by Susannah Centlivre, Congreve, Steele, Farquhar and Macklin. There are serious and humorous essayists represented, including Steele, Lord Orrery, Thomas Sheridan and Richard Lovell Edgeworth. Beginning with Gullivers Travels, fiction includes John Amorys strange imaginings, Sternes stream of consciousness, Frances Sheridans insights, Henry Brookes sentimentalities and Goldsmiths charm. Poetry ranges from the classical to the innovative. Graceful lyrics, anonymous jeux desprit, descriptive pieces, savage satires and personal poems are written by very different poets, among them learned witty women, clergymen and drunken neer-do-wells. Politicians, notably Grattan and Curran, produced eloquent speeches- effective essays and pamphlets accompanied political activity. Personal letters and diaries-such as the exuberant Dorothea Herberts Recollections-convey the changing ethos of this centurys literature, based on the classics and moving to an increasing interest in the translation of Irish literature. This book conveys its fascinating liveliness and rich variety.