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McCormack, W. J.

Works: 90 works in 323 publications in 3 languages and 7,565 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Political fiction  Biography  Satire  Domestic fiction  History  Handbooks and manuals  Conference papers and proceedings  Psychological fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Artist, Performer, Translator
Classifications: PR5684,
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Publications about W. J McCormack
Publications by W. J McCormack
Most widely held works by W. J McCormack
The Eustace diamonds by Anthony Trollope( Book )
18 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in English and held by 726 libraries worldwide
Anthony Trollope's celebrated Parliamentary novels, of which The Eustace Diamonds (1873) is the third and most famous, are at once unfailingly amusing social comedies, melodramas of greed and deception, and precise nature studies of the political animal in its mid-Victorian habitat. With its purloined jewels, its conniving, resilient, mercenary heroine, and its partiality for the human spectacle in all its complexity, The Eustace Diamonds is a splendid example of Trollope's art at its most assured
The Blackwell companion to modern Irish culture ( Book )
21 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and Italian and held by 638 libraries worldwide
"Covering the period from c.1450 to the present, this Companion is designed to serve the needs of readers whose interests lie well beyond the familiar boundaries of Irish culture. At the same time it provides fresh critical insight into those traditionally more prominent subjects such as literature and political history. Extensive and original coverage is given to architecture, music, painting and other arts, with stress upon their broader European contexts. There are also major articles on such subjects as Catholics and Catholicism, and the position of women."--Jacket
James Joyce and modern literature by W. J McCormack( Book )
14 editions published between 1982 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 601 libraries worldwide
Ascendancy and tradition in Anglo-Irish literary history from 1789 to 1939 by W. J McCormack( Book )
12 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in English and held by 562 libraries worldwide
This study uncovers the bourgeois origins of Ascendancy ideology in the alarm of the 1790s, and traces its cultural significance by means of a series of detailed critiques of central texts and concepts
Sheridan Le Fanu and Victorian Ireland by W. J McCormack( Book )
22 editions published between 1970 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 558 libraries worldwide
Fool of the family : a life of J.M. Synge by W. J McCormack( Book )
8 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 474 libraries worldwide
"J. M. Synge (1871-1909) is famous as the author of The Playboy of the Western World which provoked riots at its Dublin premiere in 1907. But the man himself, his peculiar religious background and little-investigated death, have, until now, remained in the shadows." "In this biography, McCormack details the complex religious and social environment in which Synge slowly refined his talents as a writer. This is a story of suburban disinheritance, nondescript education, and sexual immaturity leading to eventual self-discovery, through the landscape of County Wicklow and the West of Ireland. Synge's reading in Gaelic literature is important, as is his European sense of modern alienation. The Abbey Theatre of Yeats and Lady Gregory provided a platform for his dramatic debut, but James Joyce emerged as his closer soulmate. In Europe a cultural revolution was unfolding with Sigmund Freud, Thomas Mann and Max Weber publishing their seminal works, and the Dreyfus Affair scandalising Paris. McCormack's biography places Synge in this context and illuminates his contribution to the spirit of the age."--Jacket
Irish poetry : an interpretive anthology from before Swift to Yeats and after by W. J McCormack( Book )
3 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 366 libraries worldwide
"In this avowedly interpretive anthology of Irish verse, W.J. Mc Cormack traces through several centuries a creativity of contradiction, which finds poets productively at odds with their forebears, their contemporaries - even with themselves." "This new anthology brings together the best in Irish poetry to reveal a broad yet sharply focused tradition of diversity and dissidence. No inert golden treasury, W.J. Mc Cormack's compelling collection will provoke a wide-ranging reconsideration of one of the world's richest literatures."--Jacket
The absentee by Maria Edgeworth( Book )
12 editions published between 1988 and 2001 in English and held by 291 libraries worldwide
"The Absentee (1812) is the third of Maria Edgeworth's brilliantly comic novels on Irish life. In it, she wittily exposes the pernicious consequences for Ireland and for the wider world of absentee landownership. Lord Clonbrony and his ambitious, worldly wife lead an extravagant social life in London on the proceeds of their estates in Ireland. Their son, Lord Colambre, refusing to marry the heiress arranged for him by his mother, decides instead to investigate, incognito, how the family estates in Ireland are being managed. Appalled at the corruption, mismanagement, and poverty he finds, but encouraged by the affectionate goodwill of the tenants and the honesty of his father's agent, he finds a solution to the problem of his father's debts and his family's willful indifference."--Back cover
Dissolute characters : Irish literary history through Balzac, Sheridan Le Fanu, Yeats, and Bowen by W. J McCormack( Book )
11 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and French and held by 288 libraries worldwide
Irish literature in English commands world-wide respect, but it is rarely discussed in a comparative light. This study of the making and unmaking of character commences with Balzac's impact on nineteenth-century Irish fiction. Sheridan Le Fanu links Balzac and Swedenborg to Yeats, and anticipates Elizabeth Bowen's deployment of ghost story conventions in the 1940s. Through painterly imagery, biblical quotation and the distortion of proper names, Le Fanu shows character to be a self-consuming project. Yeats's "Parnell" emerges as a modernist gothic hero of the 1930s. Bowen's "The heat of the day" anatomises the problems of identity, bequeathed by Yeats. Radically revising the idea of a gothic tradition and traversing two centuries of Irish literary history, Dissolute characters gives a fluent and detailed account of the emerging relation between Irish culture, modernism and politics
The Kellys and the O'Kellys, or, Landlords and tenants by Anthony Trollope( Book )
12 editions published between 1951 and 1992 in English and held by 265 libraries worldwide
From Burke to Beckett : ascendancy, tradition and betrayal in literary history by W. J McCormack( Book )
15 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 233 libraries worldwide
In 1985 the highly acclaimed "Ascendancy and tradition " posed the question: "Why did Ireland, a small country by any standard, contribute so prolifically to the modernist movement?" Extending this original theme to include additional authors, this book revises and elaborates on a number of crucial arguments which still arouse heated debate. Beginning with correspondence and pamphlets on the bourgeois origins of Protestant Ascendency, this book places its concerns in a broad European context, culminating in WWII. -- Publisher description
Blood kindred : W.B. Yeats: the life, the death, the politics by W. J McCormack( Book )
7 editions published in 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 213 libraries worldwide
Uncle Silas; a tale of Bartram-Haugh by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu( Book )
12 editions published between 1981 and 1993 in English and held by 213 libraries worldwide
When Maud Ruthyn is orphaned, she is sent to live with her Uncle Silas, her father's mysterious brother and a man with a scandalous-- even murderous-- past. There she encounters Madame de la Rougierre, a former governess, who left her father's employ because she was a liar, bully, and spy. Now Maud is the only thing standing between the money she will inherit from her father, and Silas' considerable debt. As the November winds wail in ivied chimneys, Maud's destiny will become all too clear
The pamphlet debate on the Union between Great Britain and Ireland, 1797-1800 by W. J McCormack( Book )
5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 183 libraries worldwide
The silence of Barbara Synge by W. J McCormack( Book )
8 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 172 libraries worldwide
"Crucial events in the family's past are considered in the light of their influence on J.M. Synge's writing, from a suicide in 1769 which is echoed in one of his early plays, to the disastrous consequences of the Great Famine, which impacted upon Synge's composition of The Playboy of the Western World (1907)." "Mc Cormacks brings to life some colourful characters amonst the Synge ancestors, such as sometime MP Johan Hatch, and John 'Pestalozzi' Synge, whose religious and educational concerns seem to act as expiation of the family's earlier shortcomings and anxieties." "This volume provides a companion to Fool of the Family: A Life of J.M. Synge, W.J. Mc Cormack's acclaimed biography of Synge."--Jacket
Roger Casement in death, or, Haunting the free state by W. J McCormack( Book )
6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 164 libraries worldwide
The battle of the books : two decades of Irish cultural debate by W. J McCormack( Book )
7 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 151 libraries worldwide
The novels and selected works of Maria Edgeworth by Maria Edgeworth( Book )
12 editions published between 1997 and 2003 in English and held by 146 libraries worldwide
'We Irish' in Europe : Yeats, Berkeley and Joseph Hone by W. J McCormack( Book )
4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 134 libraries worldwide
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controlled identity Maxton, Hugh

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