Best of Frank O'Connor

ISBN-10: 0307269043

ISBN-13: 9780307269041

Edition: 2009

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Description: 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 inThe Best of Frank O'Connorstarts 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'Connoris a literary monument to a truly great writer.

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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/9/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 712
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Julian Barnes was born in Leicester, England, on January 19, 1946. Both of his parents were teachers of French, and he studied French Literature and Modern Languages at Oxford University. He has held jobs as a lexicographer for the Oxford English Dictionary, a reviewer and literary editor for the New Statesmen and the New Review, and a television critic. Barnes has written numerous award-winning works including Metroland, which won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1980, and Flaubert's Parrot, which won both the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and a Prix Medicis. Barnes's works are noted for their literary depth, intellectual tone, and British styling. Barnes writes detective novels under the pseudonym Dan Kavanaugh and has given Kavanaugh a biographical identity of his own. Duffy, the hero of Duffy, Fiddle City, and Putting the Boot In, is a bisexual excop. In sharp contrast to the works under his real name, the detective stories are violent, comical, action-packed thrillers. Barnes resides in London.

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