The Irish Revival of 1891 to 1922 was an extraordinary era of literary achievement and political ferment. This period generated t only a remarkable crop of poets and writers but also a range of invative political thinkers and activists. The contributors to this period exchanged ideas and opinions about what Ireland was and could become, yet much of this discourse remains out of print, some of these voices almost forgotten. Handbook of the Irish Revival: An Anthology of Irish Cultural and Political Writings 1891-1922 collects for the first time many of the essays, articles, and letters by rewned figures such as James Joyce, Maud Gonne, W. B. Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Sean O'Casey, and J. M. Synge, among others. The anthology also contains pieces by less well-kwn individuals such as Stopford A. Brooke, Mary Colum, and Helena Molony. Many of the lesser kwn texts contextualize the social, political, and cultural lives, values, and aspirations of those involved in and on the periphery of the Revivalist movement. The introduction and commentary by Declan Kiberd and P. J. Mathews convey the ideas of a brilliant generation that, in spite of difficulty and demoralization, audaciously shaped a modern Ireland. Divided into sixteen sections covering issues as diverse as literature, religion, drama, education, women's rights, and the 1916 Rising, this is the ultimate reference book for anyone with an interest in Irish literature and history. My hope is that in reading these pieces readers will be encouraged to go on to engage with the writers involved in more depth. What the editors have done is to have saved for us the evidence of some of the most sensitive, idealistic, often combative people of an extraordinary set of decades that ended a century of devastation and began a new century that presented both a promise and a set of conflicts whose consequences would endure into our own times. --Michael D. Higgins, The President of Ireland, from the book This book is indispensable for an understanding of the cultural revolution that preceded and in key ways helped shape the political revolution in twentieth-century Ireland. For anyone interested in Irish culture, history, literature, and art, I can think of better place to start than here. Highly recommended. --Christopher B. Fox, professor of English and director of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame
Declan Kiberd is the Donald and Marilyn Keough Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of English and Irish Language and Literature at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of numerous books, including, among others, Inventing Ireland and Synge and the Irish Language. P. J. Mathews is senior lecturer in the School of English, Drama, and Film at University College Dublin. He is the author of Revival: The Abbey Theatre, Sinn Fein, the Gaelic League and the Co-operative Movement and editor of The Cambridge Companion to John Millington Synge.
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P J Mathews, Professor of Anglo-Irish Literature Declan Kiberd