John McGahern was the most admired Irish novelist of the past fifty years. His accessible fiction won him a wide readership throughout Ireland, but the accomplishment of his craft ensured that he also became known as a writer's writer. He set his novels in places he knew intimately-Dublin, London, and the West of Ireland, where he grew up-and became known for the intimacy and honesty of his mapping of home truths of Irish life. His first novel, The Barracks, was widelyhailed as a classic on publication in 1963, and his later work, including Amongst Women and That They May Face the Rising Sun,
Cover; Contents; 1. Pleasure and Knowledge; 2. The Vocation; 3. 'The years of training in the secret Dublin years'; 4. 'Writing all the time'; 5. 'Art is solitary man'; 6. The Character of the Local Artist; 7. 'The End or the Beginning of Love'; 8. 'The abiding life'; 9. Writing The Barracks; Epilogue; Notes; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; X; Y
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