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Green Dreams: Essays Under the Influence of the Irish

Stephens, Michael

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ISBN 10: 0820316164 / ISBN 13: 9780820316161
Published by University of Georgia Press
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1994. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Green cloth. 209pp. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # KON0822438

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Title: Green Dreams: Essays Under the Influence of ...

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As New

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Stephens, winner of the Associated Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction, ponders the truth in the stereotypes of the Irish as writers, fighters, and drinkers. The essays touch on boxing; gangsters; Irish authors such as Joyce, Beckett and Yeats; and the author's own experiences with alcoholism and recovery. Somehow W.C. Fields, Ernest Hemingway, Bill Griffith (the creator of Zippie the Pinhead), and James Cagney find their way into Stephens' terrain, making for an interesting journey through the author's personal landscape. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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This collection of essays by the noted Irish-American novelist Stephens, author of The Brooklyn Book of the Dead (Fiction Forecasts, Jan. 3), is something worse than a marathon conversation with a drunk, for the talker here is a well-read literary man who has stopped drinking and won't let you forget it. If drink and literary endeavor have anything in common, it is perhaps their orality: in this case, deprived of one mode, Stephens wildly overindulges in the other. Structured in three parts--"Fighting," "Writing" and "Drinking"--the book sets forth a trinity of pursuits that are hardly in need of the kind of hyperbolic ennobling Stephens gives them. The essays in the first section are at best raw outtakes from his novels about life in Brooklyn; in the essays on that other Irish trinity--Joyce, Beckett and Yeats--Stephens's observations are steeped in vats of blarney--"At the banquet of the moderns, you will find even the poets step back from the feast until the prosemaster Joyce is seated." One can only imagine an audience of Irish grandchildren for these grandiose pronouncements. The book's final essays, maudlin reminiscences about the romance and horrors of boozing, are certainly vindications of the man who stopped drinking, but they are unflattering of the man who couldn't stop writing about it.
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