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Palgrave Macmillan

Irish Elegies

ISBN 9780230622494
Publication Date June 2009
Formats Ebook (PDF) Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature

In this book, critically acclaimed author Chris Arthur continues his experiments with the mercurial literary genre of the essay, using it in innovative ways to explore aspects of family, place, memory, loss, and meaning. Through these unique prose meditations, readers are led to a dozen unexpected windows on Ireland.

Chris Arthur is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at University of Wales, Lampeter.

Foreword: The Willow is Green, the Flower is Red * (En)trance * Rosary * On Not Being Who You Think You Are * Bookmarks * Wisdom's Garden * How's the Form? * Thirty-six Views, None of Mount Fuji * Falling Memory * Broken Flags * Object Lesson on Qualia with No Mention of This Term * Essay on the Esse * Last Words


"Arthur is, by now, one of the most accomplished essay writers in Irish letters of the past three decades. His work may be trained on the personal and the past, but its messages are never confined to these coordinates." - Irish Studies Review
"Arthur's marvelous essays get to grips, evocatively and obliquely, with ideas of ancestry, continuity, attitudes and allegiances - all in a volatile Irish context . . .Taking a wide view, as he does, he can't escape an awareness of endless complexity underlying every moment and every perception; but, far from fostering vagueness, this results in unimpeachable precision." - Times Literary Supplement "The deliberation with which he writes recalls a woodcutter, polishing his creations until they give off a deep, burnished glow." - Belfast Telegraph "Whatever his subject, Arthur uses language that pares away at the core of experience with a care and precision we have grown unused to, chasing away clichés of thought as well as of phrase. Even in a rare genre, he's a rare writer indeed." - The Scotsman "Chris Arthur's essay collections should not only put him on the map as the contemporary Irish essayist, but also raise general interest in the possibilities of the essay form for our time." - Graham Good, Southern Humanities Review
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