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The Collected Stories

Written by John McGahern


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 15, 1994
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74401-6 (0-679-74401-0)

These 34 funny, tragic, bracing, and acerbic stories represent the complete short fiction of one of Ireland's finest living writers. On struggling farms, in Dublin's rain-drenched streets, or in parched exile in Franco's Spain, McGahern's characters wage a confused but touching war against the facts of life. Read more >

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Irish Poems

Edited by Matthew McGuire


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: February 1, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-59498-3 (0-307-59498-X)

Irish Poems is a treasury of poetry from the Emerald Isle, stretching back fourteen centuries.

From the romantic ballad to the rebel song, from devotional Christian verse to revivals of ancient Celtic myth, poetry has long been Ireland’s most eloquent response to its turbulent and colorful history. Irish Poems gives us... Read more >

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Rosewater and Soda Bread
A Novel
Written by Marsha Mehran


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 13, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7249-8 (0-8129-7249-X)

More than a year has passed since Marjan, Bahar, and Layla, the beautiful Iranian Aminpour sisters, sought refuge in the quaint Irish town of Ballinacroagh. Opening the beguiling Babylon Café, they charmed the locals with their warm hearts and delectable Persian cuisine, bringing a saffron-scented spice to the once-sleepy village.

But... Read more >
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The Banyan Tree
A Novel
Written by Christopher Nolan


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 12, 2002
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72068-7 (0-385-72068-8)

Minnie O’Brien is a widow in her eighties fighting to keep her farm from the clutches of her avaricious neighbor. Her three grown children long since gone, she trudges through her daily chores in the hope that her prodigal youngest will one day return to claim his birthright. Lushly written and... Read more >

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The Complete Novels of Flann O'Brien

Written by Flann O'Brien
Introduction by Keith Donohue


Format: Hardcover, 824 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: January 8, 2008
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26749-8 (0-307-26749-0)

Flann O’Brien, along with Joyce and Beckett, is part of the holy trinity of modern Irish literature. His five novels–collected here in one volume–are a monument to his inspired lunacy and gleefully demented genius.

O’Brien’s masterpiece, At Swim-Two-Birds, is an exuberant literary send-up and one of the funniest novels of the twentieth... Read more >

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The Best of Frank O'Connor

Written by Frank O'Connor
Introduction by Julian Barnes


Format: Hardcover, 712 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: June 9, 2009
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26904-1 (0-307-26904-3)

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 in The Best of Frank O’Connor starts off with his most famous short story, “Guests of the Nation,” set... Read more >
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Collected Stories

Written by Frank O'Connor


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1982
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71048-8 (0-394-71048-7)

"One of the masters of the short story." -- Peter S. Prescott, Newsweek

"In his 63 years, Frank O'Connor produced an impressive amount of work...but it's his short stories that guarantee his immortality. They are encapsulated universes. While most modern stories focus on a single moment, Frank O'Connor's generally sum up the... Read more >

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Yeats Is Dead!
A Mystery by 15 Irish Writers
Written by Joseph O'Connor


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 11, 2002
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72756-6 (0-375-72756-6)

Roddy Doyle, Conor McPherson, Gene Kerrigan, Gina Moxley, Marian Keyes, Anthony Cronin, Owen O’Neill, Hugo Hamilton, Joseph O’Connor, Tom Humphries, Pauline McLynn, Charlie O’Neill, Donal O’Kelly, Gerard Stembridge, and Frank McCourt

Fifteen of Ireland’s brightest and most entertaining authors came together to benefit Amnesty International–resulting in this raucous, raunchy, and diabolically entertaining... Read more >
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Netherland

Written by Joseph O'Neill


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 7, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38877-3 (0-307-38877-8)

In a New York City made phantasmagorical by the events of 9/11, and left alone after his English wife and son return to London, Hans van den Broek stumbles upon the vibrant New York subculture of cricket, where he revisits his lost childhood and, thanks to a friendship with a charismatic... Read more >
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Ireland in Mind

Edited by Alice Leccese Powers


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 7, 2000
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70344-7 (0-375-70344-6)

From Oscar Wilde to James Joyce, from Virginia Woolf to Frank McCourt: three centuries of Irish, English, and American writers in search of the real Ireland.

From the comic terror of Frank McCourt's First Communion to the raucous pagan festival Muriel Rukeyser attended in County Kerry in the 1930s; from John Betjeman's... Read more >

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Stones of Aran: Labyrinth

Written by Tim Robinson
Introduction by John Elder


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-314-5 (1-59017-314-7)

Pilgrimage, the first volume of Tim Robinson’s extraordinary account of walking and mapping çirann–the largest of the Aran islands off the west coast of Ireland–describes his circuit of the island’s coast. At the end of that book, he turns to the interior of çirann, noting that “for a book to stand... Read more >

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The Spinning Heart
A Novel
Written by Donal Ryan


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-58642-224-0 (1-58642-224-3)

 
Winner - The Guardian First Book Award

Winner of two Irish Book Awards - Newcomer of The Year and Book of The Year


In the aftermath of Ireland’s financial collapse, dangerous tensions surface in an Irish town. As violence flares, the characters face a battle between public persona and inner desires. Through a chorus... Read more >
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The Anchor Book of New Irish Writing

Edited by John Somer and John Daly


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 15, 2000
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49889-0 (0-385-49889-6)

The contemporary Irish short story, perhaps even more than the novel, provides vital critical clues and guideposts for anyone interested in twentieth-century Irish writing—the Irish, after all, have always been a nation of storytellers, and the current practioners of this ancient tradition are in the process of exploding and rediefining the... Read more >

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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Written by Laurence Sterne
Introduction by Robert Folkenflik


Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 21, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76119-5 (0-375-76119-5)

"Sterne's is a world in which anything may happen. We are as close to life as we can be."
—Virginia Woolf

Rich in playful double entendres, digressions, formal oddities, and typographical experiments, Tristram Shandy provoked a literary sensation when it first appeared in a series of installments between 1759 and 1767.

An ingeniously structured... Read more >
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Dracula

Written by Bram Stoker


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 14, 2011
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74330-5 (0-307-74330-6)

Since its publication in 1897 Dracula has enthralled generations of readers with the alluring malevolence of its undead Count, the most famous vampire in literature. Though Bram Stoker did not invent vampires, his novel helped catapult them to iconic stature, spawning a genre of stories and movies that flourishes to this... Read more >

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Dracula

Written by Bram Stoker
Introduction by Joan Acocella


Format: Hardcover, 440 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59385-6 (0-307-59385-1)

Since its publication in 1897, Dracula has enthralled generation after generation of readers with the same spellbinding power with which Count Dracula enthralls his victims. Though Bram Stoker did not invent vampires, and in fact based his character’s life-in-death on extensive research in European folklore, his novel elevated the nocturnal creature... Read more >

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Dracula

Written by Bram Stoker
Introduction by Peter Straub


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 13, 2001
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75670-2 (0-375-75670-1)

Of the many admiring reviews Bram Stoker’s Dracula received when it first appeared in 1897, the most astute praise came from the author’s mother, who wrote her son: “It is splendid. No book since Mrs. Shelley’s Frankenstein or indeed any other at all has come near yours in originality, or terror.”

A... Read more >

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Dracula

Written by Bram Stoker


Format: Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: November 1, 1983
Price: $4.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21271-6 (0-553-21271-0)

One of the most popular stories ever told, Dracula (1897) is a quintessential story of suspense and horror, boasting one of the most terrifying characters in literature: centuries-old Count Dracula, whose diabolical passions prey upon the innocent, the helpless, the beautiful.  Dracula remains Stoker's most celebrated and enduring work -- even today... Read more >

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Gulliver's Travels and Other Writings

Written by Jonathan Swift


Format: Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: September 1, 1984
Price: $4.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21232-7 (0-553-21232-X)

First published in 1726, this masterpiece tells the incredible tale of Lemuel Gulliver, an English ship's surgeon. He is shipwrecked upon the shores of Lilliput, where the residents are only six inches high, then journeys takes him to the land of Brobdingnag, populated by giants, a floating island in the sky... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Complete Plays

Written by John M. Synge


Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1960
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-70178-3 (0-394-70178-X)

Includes The Playboy of the Western World, Riders to the Sea, In the Shadow of the Glen, The Well of Saints, The Tinker's Wedding, and Deidre of the Sorrows. The complete texts of all the plays by J.M. Synge, produced at the Abbey Theatre, which Synge founded with Lady Gregory and... Read more >
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yes I said yes I will Yes.
A Celebration of James Joyce, Ulysses, and 100 Years of Bloomsday
Edited by Nola Tully


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7731-1 (1-4000-7731-1)

On the fictional morning of June 16, 1904—Bloomsday, as it has come to be known—Mr. Leopold Bloom set out from his home at 7 Eccles Street and began his day's journey through Dublin life in the pages of James Joyce's novel of the century, Ulysses. On June 16, 2004, the 100th... Read more >
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De Profundis

Written by Oscar Wilde
Preface by Richard Ellmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 12, 2000
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78321-3 (0-679-78321-0)

Written from Wilde's prison cell at Reading Gaol to his friend and lover Lord Alfred Douglas, De Profundis explodes the conventions of the traditional love letter and offers a scathing indictment of Douglas's behavior, a mournful elegy for Wilde's own lost greatness, and an impassioned plea for reconciliation. At once a... Read more >
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The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings

Written by Oscar Wilde


Format: Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: December 1, 1982
Price: $4.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21254-9 (0-553-21254-0)

Here in one volume are Oscar Wilde's immensely popular novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray; his last literary work, The Ballad of Reading Gaol-a product of his own prison experience-and four complete plays: Lady Windermere's Fan (his first dramatic success); An Ideal Husband (which continued to poke fun at conventional morality)... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Plays of Oscar Wilde

Written by Oscar Wilde


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 12, 1988
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75788-9 (0-394-75788-2)

This Vintage edition of The Plays of Oscar Wilde contains the plays that made Wilde one of the most important dramatists of his time. Wilde's plays demonstrate why their author must be seen as both an inaugurator and a master of modernism. In his best work, the subversive insights embedded in... Read more >
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Irish Fairy and Folk Tales

Preface by Paul Muldoon
Edited by William Butler Yeats


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 11, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6855-2 (0-8129-6855-7)

Gathered by the renowned Irish poet, playwright, and essayist William Butler Yeats, the sixty-five tales and poems in this delightful collection uniquely capture the rich heritage of the Celtic imagination. Filled with legends of village ghosts, fairies, demons, witches, priests, and saints, these stories evoke both tender pathos and lighthearted mirth... Read more >
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