In his introduction to this collection, Frank O'Connor, himself a distinguished short story writer, emphasizes the richness of the short story tradition in Ireland. The stories he has chosen, all written between the end of the last century and the 1950s, illustrate his meaning and demonstrate how the style and approach of these writers changed in response, not only to the demands of a developing aesthetic, but also to the social and political conditions of their day.
The volume represents the finest writers of their time with their best work, revealing the variety of styles and approaches within the genre, and ranging from the folk tale to the romance, and from the symbolic to the naturalistic. It contains selections by George Moore, Somerville and Ross, Daniel Corkery, James Joyce, James Stephens, Liam O'Flaherty, L.A.G. Strong, SeAn O'FaolAin, Frank O'Connor, Eric Cross, Michael McLaverty, Bryan MacMahon, Mary Lavin, James Plunkett, and Elizabeth Bowen.
`A very representative selection chosen by the master storyteller himself. This book serves as a first class introduction and highlights Irish identity in all its forms.'
R. S. Patrick Duffy, Bilston Community College
`a wealth of characteristically `Irish' writing...as good a collection of stories as you could find anywhere.'
Books and Bookmen
1: George Moore: Home Sickness
2: E. O. Somerville & Martin Ross: Lisheen Races, Second-hand
3: Daniel Corkery: The Awakening
4: James Joyce: The Dead
5: James Stephens: A Rhinoceros, Some Ladies and a Horse
6: The Fairy Goose
7: Liam O'Flaherty: Three Lambs
8: Liam O'Flaherty: Going into Exile
9: L. A. G. Strong: Prongs
10: Sean O'Faolain: Unholy Living and Half Dying
11: Sean O'Faolain: The Trout
12: Frank O'Connor: Guest of the Nation
13: Frank O'Connor: My OEdipus Complex
14: Eric Cross: The Jury Case
15: Michael McLaverty: The Poteen Maker
16: Bryan MacMahon: Exile's Return
17: Mary Lavin: The Will
18: James Plunkett: The Eagles and the Trumpets
19: Elizabeth Bowen: Summer Night