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2 - Baggotonia

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 February 2023

Christopher Morash
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Trinity College Dublin
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The second chapter of Dublin: A Writer’s City explores what, for many people, is the lasting image of Dublin literary culture: the world of the Dublin literary pubs in the middle decades of the twentieth century. This was a very public literary culture, in which novelists, poets, and playwrights were familiar figures on Dublin streets, and engaged in lively newspaper debates. The principal players here are Brendan Behan, Patrick Kavanagh, and Flann O’Brien, who were regulars in pubs such as McDaid’s. Many of the writers of this era also lived in what has subsequently become known as ‘Baggotonia’, an area around Baggot Street Bridge in which Georgian and Victorian houses had been broken up into affordable flats. Writers living in this area included Thomas Kinsella, Leland Bardwell, John Banville, and John Montague; it also was home to the Pike Theatre, where Beckett’s Waiting for Godot had its Irish premiere. The chapter ends with a reflection on the impact of changing property values in this area, today one of the most expensive parts of the city, and hence one in which few writers now live.

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Dublin
A Writer's City
, pp. 32 - 53
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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  • Baggotonia
  • Christopher Morash, Trinity College Dublin
  • Book: Dublin
  • Online publication: 16 February 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108917810.003
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  • Baggotonia
  • Christopher Morash, Trinity College Dublin
  • Book: Dublin
  • Online publication: 16 February 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108917810.003
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  • Baggotonia
  • Christopher Morash, Trinity College Dublin
  • Book: Dublin
  • Online publication: 16 February 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108917810.003
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