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Out of History: Essays on the Writings of Sebastian Barry Essays on the writings of Sebastian Barry

Out of History: Essays on the Writings of Sebastian Barry

Edited by : Christina Hunt Mahony

Publication Date 1st, July, 2006

ISBN 1-904505-18-X

Cost 25.00

Out of History is the first book to appear on the work of multiple award-winning Irish author, Sebastian Barry. Barry is recognized as one of Ireland's greatest living writers, publishing plays, novels, short stories and poetry. He has been shortlisted for the Man Booker prize twice and his play The Stewart of Christendom became canonical in Ireland on its first appearance in 1995 and was absorbed in to the contemporary repertoire abroad.

This book presents twelve essays that trace the development of the writer's career and the individual achievement of his works, concentrating largely, but not exclusively, on the plays. The essays in this volume include contributions from the most prominent of Irish Studies critics from Ireland, Britain, and the United States. The range and selection of contributors has ensured a high level of critical expression and an insightful assessment of Barry and his works.


Contributors: Peter Denman, Éilis Ní Duibhne, Bruce Stewart, David Cregan, Christina Hunt Mahony, Anthony Roche, John Wilson Foster, Elizabeth Butler Cullingford, Nicholas Grene, Roy Foster, Colm Tóibín, Claire Gleitman and Fintan Walsh



Out of History: Essays on the Writings of Sebastian Barry

Reviewed by : Kay Martinovich, New Hibernia Review, Spring, 2009

"Each of the book's essays offers a thoughtful and focused contribution. Out of History is highly recommended for scholars of Sebastian Barry, as well as for anyone interested in Irish literary studies. It captures the growth of an important Irish writer in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries as a poet, a novelist, and most significant, as a playwright".

Out of History

Reviewed by : Max Stafford-Clark

"At a time when it is more than usually impossible for an Irish playwright to have a career on the Irish stage, this fascinating volume, which sets Sebastian Barry's work both in a literary and an historical context is particularly welcome".


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