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Mary Lavin

Author: Elke D'hoker
Publisher: Kildare, Ireland : Irish Academic Press Ltd, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Ever since the publication of her first collection, Tales from Bective Bridge, in 1942, Mary Lavin has been praised for admirably capturing the social and psychological reality of mid-twentieth-century Ireland, in intense and lucid stories. Yet Lavin's sharp insight into the quiet tragedies and joys of human life easily transcends its immediate context, and her work continues to appeal to contemporary readers, both  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Mary Lavin; Mary Lavin; Mary Lavin
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elke D'hoker
ISBN: 9780716531784 071653178X 9780716531814 071653181X 9780716531821 0716531828
OCLC Number: 849718798
Description: x, 222 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction / Elke D'hoker --
1. Heartfelt narratives: Mary Lavin's life and work / Maurice Harmon --
2. Mascullinities in Mary Lavin's short stories / Heather Ingman --
3. Discontinuities: Tales from bective bridge and the modernist short story / Anne Fogarty --
4. Theatrical trends in Mary Lavin's early stories / Giovanna Tallone --
5. "Trying to get the words right": Mary Lavin and The New Yorker / Grainne Hurley --
6. The Irish-American dimension of Mary Lavin's stories / Theresa Wray --
7. Blind faith and class distinctions in Mary Lavin's 'The small bequest' and 'The mock auction' / Jeanette Shumaker --
8. 'I had always despised him a little': Plumbing the depths of feeling in Mary's Lavin's two Irish novels / Derek Hand --
9. Family and community in Mary Lavin's grimes stories / Elke D'hoker --
10. The mystery of 'The yellow beret': Mary Lavin and the art of short fiction / Julie Anne Stevens --
11. 'Stranded objects': Topographies of loss in Mary Lavin's widow stories / Sinead Mooney.
Responsibility: editor, Elke D'hoker ; foreword by Colm Tóibín.

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"Ever since the publication of her first collection, Tales from Bective Bridge, in 1942, Mary Lavin has been praised for admirably capturing the social and psychological reality of mid-twentieth-century Ireland, in intense and lucid stories. Yet Lavin's sharp insight into the quiet tragedies and joys of human life easily transcends its immediate context, and her work continues to appeal to contemporary readers, both in Ireland and abroad. To celebrate the centenary of Mary Lavin's birth, this collection honours one of the leading figures of the Irish short story tradition. Leading criticss examine the main themes and stylistic features of Lavin's novels and short stories from a variety of perspectives, including gender, sexuality, family and community. Lavin's work is presented here in its literary, historical and biographical context, drawing attention to Lavin's indebtedness to modernism, her engagement with popular culture and the influence of her early American experience. While some writers offer new insights into such famous stories as 'In a Cafe' or 'The Becker Wives', others bring to light largely neglected gems such as 'The Yellow Beret' or 'The Small Bequest'. There is also engagement with new archival material, including Lavin's correspondence with her New Yorker editors and private letters."--Publisher's website.

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