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Irish Renaissance

Read all about Ireland's literary renaissance, get author biographies, find out about the Abbey Theater, or follow links. The Irish Renaissance covers a period from the 1890s through the 1920s in Ireland.

Books About Irish Writers
Irish literature is filled with them: playwrights, novelists, short story writers, poets, essayists, historians, humorists, and philosophers. They come with names like Jonathan Swift, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, and William Butler Yeats. Read more about the lives and works of famous Irish writers.

Books About Oscar Wilde
(1854-1900) Oscar Wilde was an Irish writer who created works like "The Importance of Being Earnest," "The Ideal Husband," "De Profundis," and other works. His life was filled with controversy. Read more about the controversies in Wilde's life.

Books About William Butler Yeats
He was one of Ireland's greatest poets. Yeats once said, "Out of the quarrel with others, we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves poetry." When he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923, he was recognized "for his always inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of whole nation."

The Harlem and Irish Renaissances
"Drawing fascinating comparisons between two literary movements for social justice, Tracy Mishkin explores the link between the Irish Renaissance that began in the 1880s and the African-American movement of the 1920s known as the Harlem Renaissance."

Yeats's Ghosts: The Secret Life of W.B. Yeats
Ghosts are usually thought of as scary apparitions to be avoided. For William Butler Yeats, ghosts took on many forms. They were more than just myths or legends. Despite the many frauds he'd met, he still believed in ghosts and he wanted answers!

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