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The Prose Literature of the Gaelic Revival, 1881-1921: Ideology and Innovation cover
  • ISBN: 9780271010632
  • ISBN10: 0271010630

The Prose Literature of the Gaelic Revival, 1881-1921: Ideology and Innovation

by O'Leary, Philip

  • List Price: $120.95
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
  • Publish date: 01/01/2003
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While many if not most Gaelic writers of the Revival never seem to have paid more than lip service to the illiterate native speaker and while the more sophisticated and anesthetically committed among them knew that it would be a betrayal of their art as well as an absurdly artificial if not downright condescending gesture to act the country storyteller, the appeal of a linguistically competent audience was powerful enough to attract even so urbane a revivalist as William P. Ryan, who in a 1903 review urged the reading aloud to country folk of a new historical adventure novel on the grounds that 'book-shelves are all very well, but firesides are alive.'
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