The Irish Short Story-A Reading Life Event-March 14 to March 20
I have decided in honor of St Patrick's Day and Irish Literature to host what I hope will become an annual event on The Reading Life, Irish Short Story Week. Ireland might not be a huge country but it has produced some of the best writers of all time. In the Twentieth Century, many would say the best novelist is James Joyce and the best Poet W. B. Yeats. Oscar Wilde has tremendous iconic standing and helped to define a new sensibility. Samuel Beckett taught us about nothing and won the Nobel Prize doing it. Elizabeth Bowen's (Anglo-Irish are included) stories about WWII in London are part of the canon and her The Heat of the Day is considered one of the best novels set in London during the Blitz.
During the week of March 14 to March 20 (St Patrick's Day is March 17) I will post on a short story by an Irish Author every day. Five will be authors that are new to me. One of them was lucky enough to have a romance with Elizabeth Bowen and another with Ayn Rand. Four of the stories I will post on can be read online. Wikipedia has a good introductory article on Irish Literature.
As of now I plan to post on James Joyce, Elizabeth Bowen, Frank O'Conner, Oliver Goldsmith, Sean O'Faolain, Oscar Wilde, and Liam O'Flaherty. I hope to also post on the late Victorian, George Moore
If anybody wants to join in that would be great and I will link to your posts.
I am looking for suggestions also-
I am also joining the 2011 Ireland Reading Challenge-this will be my second year in the challenge