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Ireland has long been a nation of story-tellers. What began as a lively form of entertainment has grown into an unrivalled literary genre. Although Ireland may mourn the loss of the seanchai, the old hearthside story-teller, the Irish art of story-telling is by no means lost. This varied anthology traces the development of the Irish short story from the early folk-tales of the oral tradition through Oliver Goldsmith, Maria Edgeworth, James Joyce, and Liam O'Flaherty, and on to the rising stars of the modern generation, such as Bernard Mac Laverty and Desmond Hogan.
William Trevor, novelist, short story writer, and dramatist, is the author of The Ballroom of Romance, Angels at the Ritz, The News from Ireland, and numerous other works.
Table of Contents
Introduction The Hour of Death Fionn in Search of his Youth Cromwell and the Friar The Girl and the Sailor The Four-leafed Shamrock and the Cock The Cow that ate the Piper Conal and Donal and Taig Adventures of a Strolling Player, Oliver Goldsmith The Limerick Gloves, Maria Edgeworth The Death of a Devotee, William Carleton The Brown Man, Gerald Griffin Green Tea, Sheridan Le Fanu Albert Nobbs, George Moore The Sphinx without a Secret, Oscar Wilde Philippa's Fox Hunt, E.E. Somerville and Martin Ross The Priest, Daniel Corkery The Weaver's Grave, Seumas O'Kelly The Dead, James Joyce My Little Black Ass, Padraic O Conaire The Triangle, James Stephens Bush River, Joyce Carey The Pedlar's Revenge, Liam O'Flaherty The Fanatic, Liam O'Flaherty Her Table Spread, Elizabeth Bowen The Faithless Wife, Sean O'Faolain The Sugawn Chair, Sean O'Faolain Guests of the Nation, Frank O'Connor The Majesty of the Law, Frank O'Connor Pastorale, Patrick Boyle The Hare-Lip, Mairtan O Cadhain The Poteen Maker, Michael McLaverty The Ring, Bryan MacMahon Sarah, Mary Lavin Desert Island, Terence De Vere White The Pilgrims, Benedict Kiely Weep for our Pride, James Plunkett Loser, Val Mulkerns The Bird I Fancied, Aidan Higgins Death in Jerusalem, William Trevor The Diviner, Brian Friel An Occasion of Sin, John Montague Irish Revel, Edna O'Brien First Conjugation, Julia O'Faolain The Beginning of an Idea, John McGahern Life Drawing, Bernard Mac Laverty The Airedale, Desmond Hogan Acknowledgements Index of Authors