This study examines the significance given to the country house in Ireland under the Union and how this is represented in the works of Edgeworth, Lever, Trollope, Martin and Somerville, Bowen and Lady Gregory. The Irish country house is set in a classical and European context as the centre for the good life and the pinnacle of civilization . In Ireland, that inherited tradition was challenged by an alternative culture minated as savage . This book explores how the Irish country house was the focus of conflict between and symbiosis of civilization and savagery .
MALCOLM KELSALL is Professor of English at Cardiff University. He is the author of Christopher Marlowe (1981), Byron's Politics (1987, awarded the Elma Dangerfield Prize in 1991), The Great Good Place: The Country House and English Literature (1992), and Jefferson and the Iconography of Romanticism: Folk, Land, Culture and the Romantic Nation (1999).