4 Writers More Irish Than a Pint of Guinness

4 Writers More Irish Than a Pint of Guinness

Lá Fhéile Pádraig libh go léir! (law ay-la paw-drig liv guh lair). For those of you that don’t know, that’s Gaeilge (or, Irish) for Happy St. Patrick’s Day! While this year’s festivities are very unlike those that have come before, the day remains a celebration of all things Irish. Given Ireland’s rich literary history, the country has produced some incredible authors, four of which I’m about to divulge. I’m focusing on contemporary writers today, since I should hope we are all already familiar with the elite Joyce, Yeats, and Beckett gang.   via GIPHY   1. sally rooney image via …

James Joyce’s Steamy Love Letters Are Better Than ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

James Joyce’s Steamy Love Letters Are Better Than ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

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Irish writer James Joyce may best be remembered as a literary icon whose written work, Ulysses, cemented his image as a wise and intelligent mind hiding behind a soft and innocent-looking face.   Don’t be fooled, however. Yes, he is in fact intelligent, but he’s certainty not soft (in more ways than one). Behind those puppy dog eyes, thick mustache, and posh bowtie happens to be a dirty old man. Seriously dirty, dirty man.   The same passion and experimental attitude this linguistic mastermind brought to his stories and poetry he also translated to other avenues of his personal life. For those unfamiliar with …

A Feminist Re-Telling of The Little Mermaid? YES PLEASE.

A Feminist Re-Telling of The Little Mermaid? YES PLEASE.

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Irish author and famous feminist Louise O’Neill has announced that her new book will be a retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale “The Little Mermaid,” seen through a searing feminist lens.    The book, entitled “The Surface Breaks,” will be published in the UK in May 2018, with the US publication date still to be announced. The story takes place beneath the sea off the Irish coast and centers around a mermaid, Gaia, who dreams of being human.    Image Courtesy of Independent   A spokesperson for the publisher, Scholastic, said that in the book “Christian Andersen’s dark, original fairy tale is reimagined…with the stunning, …