The Irish Voice in America, second edition
250 Years of Irish-American Fiction
Fanning traces the roots of Irish-American writing back to the eighteenth century and carries it forward through the traumatic years of the Famine to the present time with an intensely productive period in the twentieth century beginning with James T. Farrell. Later writers treated in depth include Edwin O'Connor, Elizabeth Cullinan, Maureen Howard, and William Kennedy. Along the way he places in the historical record many all but forgotten writers, including the prolific Mary Ann Sadlier. The Irish Voice in America is not only a highly readable contribution to American literary history but also a valuable reference to many writers and their works.
For this second edition, Fanning has added a chapter that covers the fiction of the past decade. He argues that contemporary writers continue to draw on Ireland as a source and are important chroniclers of the modern American experience.
About the Author
"A book indispensable to anyone pursuing the Irish-American genre."—Boston Irish Reporter
"The most important book yet published in Irish-American studies. . . . A magnificent blend of long and diligent research, excellent organization, careful though and judgment, and beautiful writing."—Lawrence J. McCaffrey, Irish Literary Supplement
"An accessible yet erudite, largely even-handed, extraordinarily well-written study."—MELUS
"Fanning is best at analyzing the combination of passion and reticence that seems to be characteristically Irish."—Philadelphia Inquirer
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