Irish Life in Irish Fiction
by Horatio Sheafe Krans (9781408625934)

Irish Life in Irish Fiction
Horatio Sheafe Krans
Release Date: 01 October 2007
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
Category: Literature & Literary Studies
ISBN: 9781408625934
ISBN-10: 1408625938

IRISH LIFE IN IRISH FICTION - 1903 - PREFACE -- No attempt has, I believe, been made before to bring into a single survey the Irish novelists of the first half of the nineteenth century and their work. This book ainls to give - between a few introductory remarks upon Irish society and a literary estimate - a sketch of the vista of Irish life opened by the novelists, and, in doing this, to consider their novels most carefully where they seem, in one may or another, representative of national life and character. The value of the fiction of the period before the great famine is on the whole historical in the larger sense not artistic. It takes on significance chiefly as a remaking of Irish life, which, by virtue of such artistic qualities as it possesses, does what history proper can hardly do, - creates the illusion of the life of the past. In the novels may be seen just how the racial antipathies, the religious antagonisms, the sleepless consciousness of past wrongs, and, in short, all the discords that broke harshly upon the everyday intercourse of man and man, found expression. I am glad of this opportunity of thanking R4r. William Butler Yeats for the criticisms which he has contributed to the magazines or prefixed to the anthologies he has edited. They have been directly helpful to me because of their unfailing sympathy, their knowledge, and their correct perspective, which I have not found combined in the criticism of a slightly earlier day upon the same or kindred subjects. I wish also to thank my friend, Mr. Lewis Nathaniel Chase, for his kind help. Finally, I must express my indebtedness to Professor George Edward Woodberry for the stiinulus of his instruction in the years ofundergraduate and graduate work, and in particular for the criticism and suggestion that have been invaluable to me in writing this book. The bibliography at the end of this volume may be useful to any who wish to acquaint themselves with the Irish fiction of the period here cousidered. Some authors and a number of novels that did not seem to call for attention in the text are included in the bibliography, together with a list of biographical and other works that have been found especially helpful. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, September, 1W3. CONTENTS CHAPTER I PABE IRISHS OCIETY . 1 CHAPTER I1 THE NOVELIST O S F THE GENTRY . 26 CHAPTER I11 THEN OVELIST O S F THE PEASANTR . Y . 120 CHAPTER IV TYPES A ND TYPICAILH CIDENT . S . 197 CHAPTER V LITERAREYS TIXATE . . 270 BIBLIOGRAPHINCOATLE . . 327 INDEX . . 335 vii IRISH LIFE IN IRISH FICTION CHAPTER I IRISH SOCIETY IRISH so ciety as it was between the independence of the Irish Parliament and the Union, 1782-1800 - the heart of the period in which the Irish novelists of the first half of the nineteenth century like best to lay the scenes of their stories-was everywhere stamped with the impress of historical eventsAand political conditions that produced distinctive B ocial types and a most curious set of manners. The nation was divided into two great classes, one chiefly a Protestant nobility and gentry professing the religion of the Established Church, the l other chiefly a Catholic peasantry. Among the nobility and gentry there was a scattering of Catholic families...

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