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Touchstones : John McGahern's classical style

Author: Frank Shovlin
Publisher: Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2016. ©2016
Series: Liverpool English texts and studies, 68.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Touchstones examines the ways in which John McGahern became a writer through his reading. This reading, it is shown, was both extensive and intensive, and tended towards immersion in the classics. As such, new insights are provided into McGahern's admiration and use of writers as diverse as Dante Alighieri, William Blake, James Joyce, Albert Camus and several others. Evidence for these claims is found both through  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: John McGahern; John McGahern; John McGahern; John McGahern
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frank Shovlin
ISBN: 9781781383216 1781383219
OCLC Number: 949750887
Description: x, 200 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgements Abbreviations Touching Stones: Matthew Arnold and the Canon 1 We Other Clerks: James Joyce and the Classical Temper 2 A Walking Mirror: Stendhal, Horace, Nietzsche 3 One lone paperback: Tolstoy and Religious Sensibility 4 Magic: The Centrality of W. B. Yeats 5 Instinct: Douglas Stewart and Sex 6 The fume of muscatel: Yeats's Ghosts 7 Bohemian Rhapsody: Patrick Kavanagh and Generation X 8 Absurdity: Camus comes to Clones 9 Aristocracy: Andrew Marvell, W. B. Yeats and the Curse of Cromwell 10 The Consolations of Nothingness: William Blake, W. B. Yeats and Prayer 11 Deliberate Happiness: W. B. Yeats and the Inner Life 12 Stranger in Paradise: Dante and Epic Style Conclusion: What Then? Bibliography
Series Title: Liverpool English texts and studies, 68.
Responsibility: Frank Shovlin.

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Touchstones examines the literary influences that led to John McGahern becoming Ireland's greatest fiction writer of the post-war generation.  Read more...

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'Well-organized, well-written, passionate when needed, and intensely readable... I was thrilled to find so much that is new in Shovlin's study.' Eamonn Wall, Smurfit-Stone Professor of Irish Studies, Read more...

 
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