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The Best of Frank O'Connor

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The most generous one-volume collection ever published of short stories, autobiographical writings,poetry, and essays by the writer Yeats called “Ireland’s Chekhov.”

 

Selected and arranged thematically by Julian Barnes, the rich mix of writings in The Best of Frank O’Connor starts off with his most famous short story, “Guests of the Nation,” set during the Irish War of Independence; chronicles his childhood with an alcoholic father and protective mother; and traces his literary influences in brilliant essays on Joyce and Yeats. O’Connor’s wonderfully polyphonic tales of family, friendship, and rivalry are set beside those that bring to life forgotten souls on the fringes of society. O’Connor’s writings about Ireland vividly evoke the land he called home, while other stories probe the hardships and rewards of Irish emigration. Finally, we see O’Connor grappling, in both fiction and memoir, with the largest questions of religion and belief.

 

The Best of Frank O’Connor is a literary monument to a truly great writer.

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

About the Author

Frank OConnor (1903-1966) was born in Cork, Ireland. The author of plays, stories, criticism, and poetry, he was also a director of the legendary Abbey Theatre in Dublin.

Julian Barnes was born in England in 1946. Three of his novels have been short-listed for the Booker Prize.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgment

Introduction

Select Bibliography

Chronology

About the Editor

1. WAR

Preface

Guests of the Nation

Attack

Jumbos Wife

September Dawn

Machine-Gun Corps in Action

Laughter

Soirée Chez une Belle Jeune Fille

From An Only Child — The Fight for Freedom

From The Big Fellow: Michael Collins and the Irish Revolution

From My Fathers Son — A Case of Hypnotism

2. CHILDHOOD

Preface

My Oedipus Complex

From An Only Child — Mother

The Genius

First Confession

From Writing a Story — One Mans Way

The Study of History

From An Only Child — A Love of Heights

The Man of the World

From An Only Child — The Bandsmen

The Cornet Player Who Betrayed Ireland

3. WRITERS

Preface

Introduction to A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

From James Joyce: A Post-Mortem

From My Fathers Son — George Russell and W. B. Yeats

From Leinster, Munster and Connaught — Yeats

Centenary Address at the Graveside of W. B. Yeats

From Leinster, Munster and Connaught — The Tailor and Anstey

4. LONELY VOICES

Preface

The Procession of Life

The Majesty of the Law

After Fourteen Years

May Night

There is a Lone House

Uprooted

The Bridal Night

A Bachelors Story

Lonely Rock

5. IRELAND

Preface

A Learned Mistress

Advice to Lovers

I am Stretched on Your Grave

A Word of Warning

A Grey Eye Weeping

From My Fathers Son — Yeats as Editor

Kilcash

Hope

From Irish Miles — Father and Son

From Leinster, Munster and Connaught —

—Cork and Mental Age of Cities

—Cork

—Sligo

From The Backward Look

From Holiday Magazine

6. BETTER QUARRELLING

Preface

From My Fathers Son — First Fiction

From The Saint and Mary Kate

The Luceys

Peasants

Fish for Friday

Old-Age Pensioners

A Thing of Nothing

News for the Church

The Mad Lomasneys

In the Train

7. ABROAD

Preface

The Babes in the Wood

The Paragon

Darcy in the Land of Youth

The American Wife

A Story by Maupassant

The Conversion

The Late Henry Conran

Michaels Wife

From My Fathers Son — The American Liner

8. LAST THINGS

Preface

From Leinster, Munster and Connaught — Monastery

Song without Words

‘The Star that Bids the Shepherd Fold

The Frying-Pan

This Mortal Coil

The Wreath

From An Only Child — Grandmother

The Long Road to Ummera

From My Fathers Son — Tim Trayner

The Mass Island

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307269041
Author:
Oconnor, Frank
Publisher:
Everyman's Library
Introduction:
Barnes, Julian
Editor:
Barnes, Julian
Author:
Barnes, Julian
Author:
O'Connor, Frank
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Ireland
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Series:
Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics
Publication Date:
20090631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
712
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.3 x 1.4 in 1.675 lb

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