A fictional imagining of the gentle but troubled zealot William Cowper--best kwn as a precursor to Romantics such as Wordsworth and Burns--Brian Lynch's The Winner of Sorrow brings to life the mind and times of an eighteenth-century poet. Intense and exhilarating, this is literary fiction at its finest--the reader will be hard-pressed t to rush ahead to see what happens next. Yet you'll want to savor every word as Lynch traces Cowper's tragic descent into madness, which is presented matter-of-factly so that the vel is t sentimental but austere, t precious but serious, and yet, remarkably, lively, sensuous, and blackly comic.
Brian Lynch was born in 1945 in Dublin, where he still lives. Samuel Beckett nominated him for election to Aosd na in 1983, praising his exceptional talent .