Irish Literature

Banville, John, 1945-.  Ancient Light. Knopf: 2012. John Banville (born 1945) is an Irish novelist and journalist. The Book of Evidence (1989) won the Guinness Peat Aviation award. His eighteenth novel, The Sea, won the Man Booker Prize in 2005. He sometimes writes under the pseudonym Benjamin Black.

Doyle, Roddy, 1958-. The Guts. Viking, 2014. Roddy Doyle (1958- ) is an Irish novelist, dramatist and screenwriter. Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha won the 1993 Booker Prize.

Enright, Anne, 1962-. Making Babies: stumbling into motherhood. W. W. Norton & Co., 2011. Anne Enright (1962-) Irish writer of essays, short stories, a non-fiction book and four novels. Enright's writings have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Granta, the London Review of Books, the Dublin Review, and the Irish Times. Her novel The Gathering won the 2007 Man Booker Prize and the 2008 Irish Novel of the Year.

Finbar's hotel / devised and edited by Dermot Bolger.  Harcourt Brace, 1999.  Dermot Bolger, Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright, Hugo Hamilton, Jennifer Johnston, Joseph O'Connor, Colm Tóibín have each written a chapter in this book.

Joyce, James, 1882-1941. The Portable James Joyce. Penguin Books, 1976, c1967. James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (1882 –1941) was an Irish expatriate author of the 20th century. He is best known for Ulysses, Finnegans Wake, the short story collection Dubliners, and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Joyce's Irish experiences are essential to his writings.

McCourt, Frank, 1930-2009. Teacher Man, a memoir.  Scribner, 2005. Francis "Frank" McCourt (1930-) is an Irish-American teacher and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. He received the Pulitzer Prize (1997) and National Book Critics Circle Award (1996) for his memoir, Angela's Ashes (1996), which details his childhood as a poor Irish Catholic  in Limerick. 'Tis and Teacher Man continues his story.

O'Brien, Flann, 1911-1966. The Complete Novels. with an introduction by Keith Donohue. Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.  Brian O'Nolan (1911 –1966) was an Irish novelist and satirist, best known for his novels An Béal Bocht, At Swim-Two-Birds and The Third Policeman are  written under the nom de plume Flann O'Brien.

Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745. Gulliver's Travels. Modern Library [1958].  Jonathan Swift (1667 –1745) was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, and cleric. Swift wrote pamphlets in support of Irish causes earning him the status of an Irish patriot. His masterpiece, Gulliver's Travels, reflects his political experiences.

The master : a novel / Colm Tóibín. Author Tóibín, Colm, 1955- Publication Info. New York : Scribner, 2004.
Colm Tóibín, born in 1955 in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland, is a multi-award-winning Irish novelist and critic. The Master is a fictional account of portions in the life of author Henry James. It won the 2006 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, was shortlisted for the 2004 Booker Prize, won the Los Angeles Times Novel of the Year, the Stonewall Book Award and the Lambda Literary Award, and was listed by The New York Times as one of the ten most notable books of 2004.

Tóibín, Colm, 1955-. The Empty Family: stories. Scribner, 2010.   Silence -- The empty family -- Two women -- One minus one -- The pearl fishers -- Barcelona, 1975 -- The new Spain -- The colour of shadows -- The street.

Trevor, William, 1928-. Selected Stories / William Trevor.  Viking, 2010.   William Trevor (1928-) is an Irish author and playwright. Trevor's stories are set in both England and Ireland. Felicia's Journey was made into an acclaimed film. He has received many literary awards and prizes and in 2002 he received an honorary knighthood in recognition of his services to literature. This is a new definitive collection of Trevor's short stories, including earlier stories from his Collected stories (Viking, 1992).


Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989. Waiting for Godot; tragicomedy in 2 acts, by Samuel Beckett. [Translated from his original French text by the author].  Samuel Barclay Beckett (1906 –1989) was an Irish writer, dramatist and poet. Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969 for his "writing, which—in new forms for the novel and drama—in the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation".

Behan, Brendan. Borstal Boy. Knopf, 1959. Brendan Francis Behan (1923 –1964) was an Irish poet, short story writer, novelist, and playwright who wrote in both Irish and English. His autobiographical novel, Borstal Boy, is a vivid memoir of his time in Hollesley Bay Borstal, Suffolk, England.

O'Casey, Sean, 1880-1964. Collected Plays. Macmillan, 1949-1951.  Seán O'Casey (1880 –1964) was a major Irish dramatist and memoirist. A committed Irish republican and socialist, he was the first Irish playwright of note to write about the Dublin working class. His plays are particularly noted for the sympathetic treatment of female characters.

Shaw, George Bernard, 1856-1950. Androcles and the Lion; Overruled; Pygmalion. Brentano's, 1916. George Bernard Shaw (1856 –1950) was an Irish playwright. He is the only person to have been awarded both the Nobel Prize for Literature (1925) and an Oscar (Pygmalion, 1938).

Synge, J. M. (John Millington), 1871-1909.  The Complete Works of John M. Synge. New York, Random House [c1935]   Edmund John Millington Synge (1871 –1909) was an Irish playwright, poet, prose writer, and collector of folklore. His best known work is the play The Playboy of the Western World, which caused riots during its opening run at the Abbey theatre. "Riders to the Sea", is often considered to be his strongest literary work.

Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900. The Importance of Being Earnest. Avon Books, c1965.  Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854 –1900) was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being Earnest.