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The Cambridge History of Irish Literature
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This is the first comprehensive history of Irish literature in both its major languages, Irish and English. The twenty-nine chapters in this two-volume history provide an authoritative chronological survey of the Irish literary tradition. Spanning fifteen centuries of literary achievement, the two volumes range from the earliest medieval Latin texts to the late twentieth century. The contributors, drawn from a range of Irish, British and North American universities, are internationally renowned experts in their fields. The Cambridge History of Irish Literature comprises an unprecedented synthesis of research and information, a detailed narrative of one of the world's richest literary traditions, and innovative and challenging new readings. No critical work of this scale and authority has been attempted for Irish literature before. Featuring a detailed chronology and guides to further reading for each chapter, this magisterial project will remain the key reference book for literature in Ireland for generations to come.

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'… a remarkable editorial and publishing contribution to current Irish studies. It offers the opportunity for creative debate.'

Source: Irish Times

'The Cambridge History of Irish Literature provides much more than the comprehensive coverage and historical background expected of such a monumental work: it offers intelligent, up-to-date, theoretically informed and clearly written essays, each one driven by original scholarly argument … Although it's intellectually weighty, each volume is easy to carry; in reader-friendly fashion the notes follow immediately after each chapter; the chronology of Irish history is the most complete and accurate one produced in the past twenty years; the maps are elegant and useful …'

Source: The Times Literary Supplement

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