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Brophy, The Corner of a Field and Other Poems. Brophy, Sean. The Corner of a Field and Other Poems. Dublin, Rainsford Press, 1995. 15 cm x 21.5 cm. 48 pages. Original hardcover with original dustjacket in protective Mylar. Near fine condition with only very minor signs of external wear.

Includes for example the following poems: Peace / Montparnasse / Evening at Bofin Harbour / Boys playing in the Phoenix Park / Gabhlan / Old Bridge at Mountallen / Dunmore East / The Picture of Reginald Gray / Loch an Teampaill / Lissadell / Swans at Falmouth / Poem for Lovers / Artillery Wood, Flanders etc.

″The author sets out to celebrate the ordinary in life, especially in nature. He celebrates life in the corner of a field in the west of Ireland, at a traditional Irish music session, on a rainy evening in Dublin City and at the graveside of a poet in Flanders. Readers are invited to join in this world of awareness, to see the extraordinary in the ordinary, to see the poetry in life all around them.”(Sean Brophy)

Keywords: 20th Century Literature, Irish Literature, Irish Poetry, Poetry

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Brown, Down All The Days. Brown, Christy. Down All The Days. London, Secker & Warburg, 1970. 14 cm x 20 cm. 266 pages. Original hardcover with original dustjacket in protective Mylar. Good condition with stronger signs of external wear to the dustjacket. Small tears at corners of cover, and top and bottom of spine. Browning of page-edges. Inscription by preowner. Otherwise clean inside with solid binding.

“A novel which focuses on a young cripple, his childhood and his coming of age, who acts as a detached observer of life in the slums of Dublin, during the 1940s and 50s.” (Amazon)

″Brown’s self-proclaimed masterpiece, Down All the Days, was an ambitious project drawn largely from a playful expansion of My Left Foot; it also became an international best-seller, translated into fourteen languages. The Irish Times reviewer Bernard Share claimed the work was “the most important Irish novel since Ulysses.” Like James Joyce, Brown employed the stream-of-consciousness technique and sought to document Dublin’s culture through the use of humour, accurate dialects and intricate character description. Down All the Days was followed by a series of other novels, including A Shadow on Summer (1972), Wild Grow the Lilies (1976) and A Promising Career (published posthumously in 1982). He also published three poetry collections: Come Softly to My Wake, Background Music and Of Snails and Skylarks. All the poems are included in The Collected Poems of Christy Brown.” (Wikipedia)

Keywords: 20th Century Literature, Irish History, Irish Literature, Novel

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Hogan, Lebanon Lodge. Hogan, Desmond. Lebanon Lodge. London / Boston, Faber and Faber, 1988. 14 cm x 22 cm. 178 pages. Original hardcover with original dustjacket in protective Mylar. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear. Browning of page-edges.

Includes the following chapters: Acknowledgements / Lebanon Lodge / Elysium / The Tipperary Fanale / The Airedale / Players / Martyrs / Recovery / A Marriage in the Country / Ties / Grief / The Vicar’s Wife / Miles / By the River.

″This is a collection of stories about Irish characters, often far from home, who are passionate, disparate and desperate. His stories are peopled with exiles, misfits, deviants of all kinds and their victims. The author, who was the recipient of the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize has written “The Ikon Maker”, “The Leaves on Grey”, “A Curious Street” and “A New Shirt” as well as a collection of short stories “The Mourning Thief”.” (Amazon)

Keywords: 20th Century Literature, Irish Literature, short stories

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Yeats, The Cutting of an Agate. Yeats, William Butler. The Cutting of an Agate. First American Edition. New York, The Macmillan Company, 1912. 14 cm x 19.5 cm. VIII, 255 pages. Original hardcover. Very good condition with minor signs of external wear. Scuffing on corners and spine and darkening on spine. Clean inside with solid binding.

Includes the following: Thoughts on Lady Gregory’s Translations / I. Cuchulain and his Cycle / II. Fion and his Cycle / Preface to the First Edition of the Well of the Saints / Discoveries / Prophet, Priest and King / Personality and the Intellectual Essences / The Musician and the Orator / A Guitar Player / The Tree of Life / The Praise of Old Wives’ Tales / The Play of Modern Manners / Has the Drama of Contemporary Life a Root of its Own? / Why the Blind Man in Ancient Times was made a Poet / Concerning Saints and Artists / The Two Kinds of Asceticism / A Tower on the Apennines / The Thinking of the Body / The Holy Places / Poetry and Traditions / Preface to the First Edition of John M. Synge’s Poems and Translations / The Tragic Theatre / John Shawe-Taylor / Edmund Spenser etc.

″William Butler Yeats (13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, he helped to found the Abbey Theatre, and in his later years served as an Irish Senator for two terms. Yeats was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival along with Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn and others.

He was born in Sandymount, Ireland and educated there and in London. He spent childhood holidays in County Sligo and studied poetry from an early age when he became fascinated by Irish legends and the occult. These topics feature in the first phase of his work, which lasted roughly until the turn of the 20th century. His earliest volume of verse was published in 1889, and its slow-paced and lyrical poems display Yeats’s debts to Edmund Spenser, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and the poets of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. From 1900, his poetry grew more physical and realistic. He largely renounced the transcendental beliefs of his youth, though he remained preoccupied with physical and spiritual masks, as well as with cyclical theories of life. In 1923, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.” (Wikipedia)

″In The Cutting of an Agate W.B. Yeats starts with thoughts on Lady Gregory’s translations and tells of his experiences: He writes about meeting fellow student JM Synge for the first time, putting on a play in a small town in the west of Ireland, and how to make his work appreciated by his audience. He then writes at length about Synge and others of his time. He describes his observations of people he encounters. He discusses the merits of modern plays, and how a character in an epic novel will stay with us longer than one in a play. He describes the first time he took Indian hemp and how the high changed the way he saw things at the time. He finishes with several chapters dedicated to J.M. Spencer. He is a fellow poet, specific parts of whose poetry Yeats liked to carry around with him. “I have put into this book only those passages from Spenser that I want to remember and carry about with me. I have not tried to select what people call characteristic passages, for that is, I think, the way to make a dull book… I have taken out of The Shepheards Calender only those parts which are about love or about old age, and I have taken out of the Faerie Queene passages about shepherds and lovers, and fauns and satyrs, and a few allegorical processions.” “There is an old saying that God is a circle whose centre is everywhere. If that is true, the saint goes to the centre, the poet and artist to the ring where everything comes round again. The poet must not seek for what is still and fixed, for that has no life for him… Yet perhaps he must endure the impermanent a little, for these things return, but not wholly, for no two faces are alike, and, it may be, had we more learned eyes, no two flowers. Is it that all things are made by the struggle of the individual and the world, of the unchanging and the returning, and that the saint and the poet are over all, and that the poet has made his home in the Serpent’s mouth?” (Amazon)

Keywords: 20th century, 20th Century Literature, Irish Literary Revival, Irish Literature, Irish Poetry, Lady Gregory

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