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Fictions of the Irish Land War

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Edited By Heidi Hansson and James H. Murphy

The eruption of rural distress in Ireland and the foundation of the Land League in 1879 sparked a number of novels, stories and plays forming an immediate response to what became known as the Irish Land war. These works form a literary genre of their own and illuminate both the historical events themselves and the material conditions of reading and writing in late nineteenth-century Ireland. Divisions into ‘us’ and ‘them’ were convenient for political reasons, but the fiction of the period frequently modifies this alignment and draws attention to the complexity of the land problem.
This collection includes studies of canonical land war novels, publication channels, collaborations between artists and authors, literary conventions and the interplay between personal experience and literary output. It also includes unique resources such as a reprinted letter by the author Mary Anne Sadlier and a reproduction of Rosa Mulholland’s little-known play Our Boycotting. The book concludes with a detailed bibliography of land war fiction between 1879 and 1916, which should inspire further reading and research into the genre.
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Acknowledgements

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Heidi Hansson expresses her gratitude to Thomas McCarthy and to the editors of the Irish Review for permission to quote from Thomas McCarthy’s poetry sequence ‘Cataloguing Twelve Fenian Novels’. Carla King wishes to acknowledge her debt to Michael Davitt’s grandson, Father Tom Davitt CM, for kindly making available to her the list of books in Davitt’s library at his death. She also wants to thank the Board of Trinity College Dublin for permission to quote from the Davitt papers held in the Manuscripts and Archives Research Library, Trinity College Dublin. James H. Murphy expresses his gratitude to Shane Murphy for permission to reproduce the letter from Mary Anne Sadlier to Rosa Carney, 28 April 1884. Anna Pilz extends her sincere thanks to Colin Smythe on behalf of the heirs of Lady Gregory for copyright permission. Hitherto unpublished material: © 2014 the Estate of Lady Gregory. She also acknowledges permission from the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, New York Public Library to quote from the Lady Gregory collection of papers 1873–1965 and from Emory University, Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library for permission to quote from the Gregory family papers. Whitney Standlee extends her gratitude to the governors and guardians of Marsh’s Library, Dublin for permission to quote from the Emily Lawless papers held in the library. Julie Anne Stevens gratefully acknowledges permission from A. P. Watt at United Agents (London) and the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American...

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