Irish Women Writers: An A-to-Z Guide

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Irish women writers have a large following, and their works are attracting large amounts of scholarly and critical attention. Through roughly 75 alphabetically arranged entries written by more than 35 expert contributors, this reference overviews the lives and works of Irish women writers active in a range of genres and periods. Each entry includes a brief biography, a discussion of major works and themes, a survey of the writer's critical reception, and a list of works by and about the author. The volume closes with a selected, general bibliography.

Ireland has an especially lively literary tradition, and works by Irish writers have long been recognized as interesting and influential. While male writers have received the bulk of the critical attention given to Irish literature, contemporary women writers are among the most widely read Irish authors. This reference overviews the lives and works of Irish women writers active in a range of periods and genres.

Included are roughly 75 alphabetically arranged entries written by more than 35 expert contributors. Among the writers discussed are:

; Elizabeth Bowen

; Mary Dorcey

; Lady Isabella Augusta Gregory

; Anne Hartigan

; Norah Hoult

; Paula Meehan

; Iris Murdoch

; Edna O'Brien

; Katharine Tynan

; Sheila Wingfield

; And many more.

Each entry includes a brief biography, a discussion of major works and themes, a review of the writer's critical reception, and a list of works by and about the writer. The volume closes with a selected, general bibliography.

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Surveys the lives and works of roughly 75 Irish women writers active in a range of genres and periods.

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Alexander G. Gonzalez is Professor of English at the State University of New York College at Cortland. His many books include Assessing the Achievement of J.M. Synge (1996), Modern Irish Writers: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook (1997), and Contemporary Irish Women Poets: Some Male Perspectives (1999), all available from Greenwood Press.

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