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O'Toole, Fintan 1958-

Works: 134 works in 493 publications in 2 languages and 11,250 library holdings
Genres: History  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Tragedies (Drama)  Drama  Exhibition catalogs  Reviews  Interviews  Pictorial works  Illustrated works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, wpr, wst, Honoree, htt, Other, Contributor
Classifications: PR3683, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Fintan O'Toole
Modern Ireland in 100 artworks by Fintan O'Toole( )

11 editions published in 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 986 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

100 artworks have been chosen for this beautifully illustrated book to represent each year from 1916-2015. They trace the story of Ireland's creative output from the revolutionary period until today. The story that emerges through these 100 works is not one of artists gradually finding their place of honour in the republic. Especially in the visual arts it is, on the contrary, a story of never-ending argument, of works that are disliked, rejected, fought over, even painted over. Instead of the artists supporting the state and the state supporting the artists, it is a case of the artists challenging and upsetting the community and the community looking warily at the artists. This is what makes Irish art, at its best, so edgy, so embattled and so vital. Most artists and writers featured have been profiled in the RIA's Dictionary of Irish Biography which outlines the lives at home and overseas of prominent men and women born in Ireland, north and south, and the noteworthy Irish careers of those born outside Ireland
Judging Shaw : the radicalism of GBS by Fintan O'Toole( )

11 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 960 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"GBS was the first great brand - discover how he created this most modern of concepts. The timing of Judging Shaw is fortuitous, as it will serve to reintroduce GBS to an Irish and international readership. The book is an interesting, informative, and well-written survey of Shaw/GBS and will be a welcome addition to the library of those who know Bernard Shaw perhaps only as the author of Pygmalion, his most popular and frequently performed play. The fourth book in the Royal Irish Academy's award winning 'Judging' series looks at the legacy of George Bernard Shaw, Nobel prizewinner for literature."--
Ship of fools : how stupidity and corruption sank the Celtic Tiger by Fintan O'Toole( )

27 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 889 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The "Irish economic miracle" was built on good old-fashioned subsidies (from the European Union) and the simple fact that until the 1980s Ireland was by the standards of the developed world so economically backward that the only way was up. And as it began to catch up to European and American averages, the boom lured in investors, the Irish government deregulated and all but abandoned financial oversight, and a great Irish financial ceilidh began. It would last for a decade. When the global financial crisis of 2008 arrived it struck Ireland harder than anywhere. How Ireland managed to achieve such a spectacular implosion is a story of corruption, carelessness, and venality.--From publisher's description
Critical moments : Fintan O'Toole on modern Irish theatre by Fintan O'Toole( )

9 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Few figures are more respected and quoted internationally than Fintan O'Toole, both as a controversial and provocative political commentator and theatre critic. This extensive collection brings together a wide range of his writings going back to 1980. It provides a privileged insight into the great moments of contemporary Irish theatre, marking the contributions of playwrights (Carr, Murphy, Friel, McGuinness), directors (Hynes, Byrne), actors (Hickey, McKenna), and designers (Vanek, Frawley). It also demonstrates his unsettling of the usual "canon," with his thoughtful arguments promoting certain playwrights who deserve to up be there with Ireland's best, including Antoine O'Flatharta, Paul Mercier, Dermot Bolger, and David Byrne
White savage : William Johnson and the invention of America by Fintan O'Toole( Book )

20 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and held by 827 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new biography of the man who forged America's alliance with the Iroquois. William Johnson was scarcely more than a boy when he left Ireland and his Gaelic, Catholic family to become a Protestant in the service of Britain's North American empire. In New York by 1738, Johnson moved to the frontiers along the Mohawk River, where he eventually became a landowner; served as principal British intermediary with the Iroquois Confederacy; commanded British, colonial, and Iroquois forces that helped to defeat the French in 1755; and created the first groups of "rangers," who fought like Indians and led the way to the Patriots' victories in the Revolution. The key to Johnson's effectiveness was the style in which he lived as a "white savage." He had two wives, one European, one Mohawk; became fluent in Mohawk; and pioneered the use of Indians as active partners in the making of a new America.--From publisher description
A traitor's kiss : the life of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, 1751-1816 by Fintan O'Toole( Book )

24 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 804 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dramatist, politician, entrepreneur, philanderer, duelist, and revolutionary (or traitor), Richard Brinsley Sheridan was a man of many contradictions: an English-educated Protestant actor who cared about the civil rights of the Irish Catholic peasantry; a playwright who in his time was best known as a politician; a true believer in sincerity yet a role-playing chameleon; a radical who masterminded the monarchy's crisis following the madness of King George; a member of Parliament who associated with armed insurrectionists against the Crown." "This unusual Irish-English life has been captured by Fintan O'Toole, in an innovative work that opens up a radical new perspective on a great writer. A Traitor's Kiss is also an evocation of Britain and Ireland in a violent, revolutionary age. Whether he is writing about the uproarious nighttime world of the eighteenth-century theater or the grim aftermath of the Irish rebellion of 1798, O'Toole is precise, vivid, and economical, an excellent narrator of a life that dramatizes so many of the issues which are still resonant in relations between the Irish and the English today. He shows that Sheridan must be understood as an Irish writer and dissident, a complicated man who walked a thin line between success in London and extreme danger as a supporter of democratic reform and Irish independence."--BOOK JACKET
Shakespeare is hard, but so is life : a radical guide to Shakespearian tragedy by Fintan O'Toole( Book )

16 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"O'Toole challenges the traditional approach towards the study of the four key plays--Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth--and provides an entertaining and absorbing appreciation of the dramatic qualities of each."--Cover
The lie of the land : Irish identities by Fintan O'Toole( Book )

25 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Lie of the Land is a highly engaging study of Ireland’s fractured and shifting identities by one of its most talented writers. From its sometimes confused sense of place, caught somewhere between Europe and America, Ireland has redefined itself in the 1990s. Fintan O’Toole highlights the contradictions and the mythologies at work in Ireland’s ever-changing idea of itself."
The politics of pain : postwar England and the rise of nationalism by Fintan O'Toole( Book )

7 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From one of the most perceptive observers of the English today comes a brilliantly insightful, mordantly funny account of their seemingly irrational embrace of nationalism. England's recent lurch to the right appears to be but one example of the nationalist wave sweeping across the world, yet as acclaimed Irish critic Fintan O'Toole suggests in The Politics of Pain, it is, in reality, a phenomenon rooted in World War II. We must look not to the vagaries of the European Union but, instead, far back to the end of the British empire, if we hope to understand our most fraternal ally-and the royal mess in which the British now find themselves. O'Toole depicts a roiling nation that almost ludicrously dreams of a German invasion, if only to get the blood going, and that erupts in faux outrage over regulations on "prawn-flavored crisps." A sympathetic yet unsparing observer, O'Toole asks: How did a great nation bring itself to the point of such willful self-harm? His answer represents one of the most profound portraits of the English since Sarah Lyall's New York Times bestseller The Anglo Files"--
Heroic failure : Brexit and the politics of pain by Fintan O'Toole( Book )

32 editions published between 2018 and 2020 in 3 languages and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In exploring the answers to the question: 'why did Britain vote leave?', Fintan O'Toole finds himself discovering how trivial journalistic lies became far from trivial national obsessions; how the pose of indifference to truth and historical fact has come to define the style of an entire political elite; how a country that once had colonies is redefining itself as an oppressed nation requiring liberation; the strange gastronomic and political significance of prawn-flavoured crisps, and their role in the rise of Boris Johnson; the dreams of revolutionary deregulation and privatisation that drive Arron Banks, Nigel Farage and Jacob Rees-Mogg; and the silent rise of English nationalism, the force that dare not speak its name. He also discusses the fatal attraction of herioc failure, once a self-deprecating cult in a hugely successful empire that could well afford the occasional disaster: the Charge of the Light Brigade, or Franklin lost in the Arctic. Now failure is no longer heroic--it is just failure, and its terrible costs will be paid by the most vulnerable of Brexit's supporters, and by those who may suffer the consequences of a hard border in Ireland and the breakdown of a fragile peace."--Page 2 of cover
Irish art now : from the poetic to the political by Declan McGonagle( Book )

12 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heavily illustrated, Irish Art Now presents a rounded perspective on Irish art and artists working in the 1990s. The media covered include video, photography and installations as well as orthodox painting and sculpture
The ex-isle of Erin by Fintan O'Toole( Book )

10 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Black Hole, Green Card, Fintan O'Toole suggested that the Ireland imagined by nationalists had disappeared. Now, in The Ex-Isle of Erin, he explores the new images that are taking its place. Drawing on contemporary politics, economics, literature and history, he suggests that Ireland is beginning to realise that its distinctiveness does not lie in any one way of imagining itself, but in the fact that it is a place forced from moment to moment to imagine itself anew. The Ex-Isle of Erin is not just a book about that process, it is itself a part of it."--BOOK JACKET
A history of ireland in 100 objects by Fintan O'Toole( Book )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Objects don't just have stories, they tell stories. But what they said to their contemporaries may be different from what they say to us. Whether it's a silver tea urn from Georgian Dublin or an illuminated page from the Book of Kells, these objects help us gain a more complex understanding of our past. Over the past two years Fintan O'Toole has chosen 100 objects, the majority of which can be found in the National Museum of Ireland, to narrate a history of the island of Ireland
Plays : 1 by Martin McDonagh( Book )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reading Colm Tóibín( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Colm Tóibín is a critically acclaimed, internationally lauded, and extremely popular writer who has written successfully across a variety of forms over the past twenty years. However, for all of his acclaim, there is an extraordinary dearth of criticism on this prominent Irish writer. To date no full-length studies of Tóibín's work have been published in Ireland or overseas, and only a few short essays have appeared in specialist academic journals and generla surveys of recent Irish literature. This collection ... provides an illuminating exploration of many of the themes and concerns which have engaged Tóibín ever since the publication of his first book, Walking along the border (1987) ... The book also includes a lengthy interview of Tóibín conducted by his former Magill associate, Fintan O'Toole.--From publisher description
Tom Murphy : the politics of magic by Fintan O'Toole( Book )

7 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Politics of Magic, Fintan O'Toole's acclaimed study of Murphy's life and times, re-issued here in a substantially expanded and updated edition, is both and important reflection on modern Irish theatre and a profound analysis of social change in Ireland. Dealing with all of Murphy's work from On the Outside in 1959 to the novel The Seduction of Morality in 1994, he situates it in Murphy's native Taum, in the dynamics of exile and return, and in the process uncovers the inner history of a country in turmoil. -- Publisher description
A fair day : photographs from the west of Ireland by Martin Parr( Book )

4 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A radiant life by Nuala O'Faolain( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects the columns of Irish journalist Nuala O'Faolain, who tackled a vast range of subjects--from Catholicism to feminism, from Sinatra to Africa, and from Irish American culture to Islam and the West
A Dublin quartet by Dermot Bolger( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The holy ground: Monica's unhappy, childless marriage ended when she poisoned her husband Myles, a man who grew increasingly cruel and distant over the years. She has just returned from his funeral and is sorting through his possessions. During her monologue she is exhausted, as much from the activities of this funeral day as she is by her revelation
Plays by Sebastian Barry( Book )

in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Modern Ireland in 100 artworks
Judging Shaw : the radicalism of GBSShip of fools : how stupidity and corruption sank the Celtic TigerCritical moments : Fintan O'Toole on modern Irish theatreWhite savage : William Johnson and the invention of AmericaA traitor's kiss : the life of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, 1751-1816Shakespeare is hard, but so is life : a radical guide to Shakespearian tragedyThe lie of the land : Irish identitiesThe politics of pain : postwar England and the rise of nationalism
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Fintan O'Toole auteur uit Ierland

Fintan O'Toole gazetar irlandez

Fintan O'Toole giornalista, scrittore e critico teatrale irlandese

Fintan O'Toole irischer Autor, Journalist und Literaturkritiker

Fintan O'Toole Irish journalist

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Otoole, Fintan.

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