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McCormack, W. J.

Works: 110 works in 427 publications in 4 languages and 10,107 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Political fiction  Domestic fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Psychological fiction  Satire  Biographies  History  Detective and mystery fiction  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, wat, Artist, Creator, Translator, Instrumentalist
Classifications: PR5684, 823.8
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Most widely held works by W. J McCormack
Enigmas of sacrifice : a critique of Joseph M. Plunkett and the Dublin Insurrection of 1916 by W. J McCormack( )

8 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 1,191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Enigmas of Sacrifice: A Critique of Joseph M. Plunkett and the Dublin Insurrection of 1916 is the first critical study of the religious poet and militarist Joseph M. Plunkett, who was executed with the other leaders of the Dublin insurrection of 1916. Through Plunkett the author gains access to areas of nationalist thought that were more often assumed or repressed than publicly formulated. In this eye-opening book, W.J. Mc Cormack explores and analyzes Plunkett's brief life, work, and influence, beginning with his wealthy but dysfunctional family, irregular Jesuit education, and self-canceling sexuality. Mc Cormack continues through Plunkett's active phase when amateur theatricals and a magazine editorship brought him into the emergent neonationalist discourse of early twentieth-century Ireland. Finally, the author arrives at Holy Week 1916, when Plunkett masterminded the forgery of official documentation in order to provoke and justify the insurrection he planned. Mc Cormack analyzes Plunkett's significant texts and provides context through critical perspectives on his milieu. Enigmas of Sacrifice is unique in its effort to understand a major figure of Irish nationalism in terms that reach beyond political identity
The Eustace diamonds by Anthony Trollope( Book )

29 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in English and Italian and held by 693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the third of the Palliser novels, the central figure is Lizzie Eustace - young, beautiful, and widowed. Her determination to hold onto a famous necklace in the face of legal harassment by brother-in-law's solicitor entangles her in a series of crimes - apparent and real - and contrived love affairs. Often considered the least political of the Palliser novels, it is highly revealing study of Victorian Britain, its colonial activities in Ireland, India and Australia, and its veneration of wealth."--Publisher
James Joyce and modern literature by W. J McCormack( Book )

21 editions published between 1982 and 2016 in English and held by 690 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1. Joyce's 'Dubliners' and the futility of modernism / William A. Johnson -- 2. Two more gallants / William Trevor -- 3. 'Planetary music' : James Joyce and the romantic example / Timothy Webb -- 4. Joyce and the displaced author / Christopher Butler -- 5. Leaving the island / Seamus Heaney -- 6. Nightmares of history : James Joyce and the phenomenon of Anglo-Irish literature / W.J. McCormack -- 7. Martello / Tom Paulin -- 8. 'Ulysses', modernism, and Marxist criticism / Jeremy Hawthorn -- 9. 'Ulysses' in history / Fredric Jameson -- 10. Reflections on Eumaeus : ways of error and glory in 'Ulysses' / Alistair Stead -- 11. Joyce and literary tradition : language living, dead, and resurrected, from Genesis to Guinnesses / Philip Brockbank -- 12. Reading 'Finnegans wake' / Pieter Bekker -- 13. James Joyce and Hugh MacDiarmid / Edwin Morgan
The Blackwell companion to modern Irish culture( Book )

21 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and Italian and held by 609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Covering the period from c.1450 to the present, this Companion is designed to serve the needs of readers whose interests lie well beyond the familiar boundaries of Irish culture. At the same time it provides fresh critical insight into those traditionally more prominent subjects such as literature and political history. Extensive and original coverage is given to architecture, music, painting and other arts, with stress upon their broader European contexts. There are also major articles on such subjects as Catholics and Catholicism, and the position of women."--Jacket
Ascendancy and tradition in Anglo-Irish literary history from 1789 to 1939 by W. J McCormack( Book )

2 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Anglo-Irish literary renaissance that flowered between Edmund Burke's last years and the generation of Yeats and Joyce had close ties to European Romanticism and was a critical force in the development of modernist literature in the origins of Protestant Ascendancy ideology in the alarm of the 1790's, McCormack traces its cultural significance through an examination of a number of central texts and concepts. Beginning with Burke's correspondence and Reflections, McCormack goes on to discuss Maria Edgeworth's fiction, the political vocabulary of T.D. Gregg and E.W. Gladstone, Celticism, the drama and poetry of Teats, and Joyce's oeuvre as a whole. A wider European context is provided by reference to Wordsworth, Chateaubriand, and an excursion through a critical period in Irish cultural history asking why it was that the late 19th century should have been a time of such prolific literary achievements and examining the part played by the Protestant Ascendancy on the one hand, and the force of tradition on the other"--Publisher description
Sheridan Le Fanu and Victorian Ireland by W. J McCormack( Book )

22 editions published between 1970 and 1995 in English and French and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fresh new reassessment of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-73), one of the bestselling Irish novelists of the mid-Victorian period, who is recognized today for his ghost stories and tales of psychological terror, including In a Glass Darkly and The Wyvern Mystery."This excellent far more than a revelation of Le Fanu, though this is incidentally provided in a discriminating and scholarly way...Dr. McCormack illuminates the more private and tortured universe of Le Fanu himself". -- Times Literary Supplement
Fool of the family : a life of J.M. Synge by W. J McCormack( Book )

11 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"J. M. Synge (1871-1909) is famous as the author of The Playboy of the Western World which provoked riots at its Dublin premiere in 1907. But the man himself, his peculiar religious background and little-investigated death, have, until now, remained in the shadows." "In this biography, McCormack details the complex religious and social environment in which Synge slowly refined his talents as a writer. This is a story of suburban disinheritance, nondescript education, and sexual immaturity leading to eventual self-discovery, through the landscape of County Wicklow and the West of Ireland. Synge's reading in Gaelic literature is important, as is his European sense of modern alienation. The Abbey Theatre of Yeats and Lady Gregory provided a platform for his dramatic debut, but James Joyce emerged as his closer soulmate. In Europe a cultural revolution was unfolding with Sigmund Freud, Thomas Mann and Max Weber publishing their seminal works, and the Dreyfus Affair scandalising Paris. McCormack's biography places Synge in this context and illuminates his contribution to the spirit of the age."--Jacket
Irish poetry : an interpretive anthology from before Swift to Yeats and after by W. J McCormack( Book )

3 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this avowedly interpretive anthology of Irish verse, W.J. Mc Cormack traces through several centuries a creativity of contradiction, which finds poets productively at odds with their forebears, their contemporaries - even with themselves." "This new anthology brings together the best in Irish poetry to reveal a broad yet sharply focused tradition of diversity and dissidence. No inert golden treasury, W.J. Mc Cormack's compelling collection will provoke a wide-ranging reconsideration of one of the world's richest literatures."--Jacket
Dissolute characters : Irish literary history through Balzac, Sheridan Le Fanu, Yeats, and Bowen by W. J McCormack( Book )

14 editions published between 1993 and 2017 in English and French and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Irish literature in English commands world-wide respect, but it is rarely discussed in a comparative light. This study of the making and unmaking of character commences with Balzac's impact on nineteenth-century Irish fiction. Sheridan Le Fanu links Balzac and Swedenborg to Yeats, and anticipates Elizabeth Bowen's deployment of ghost story conventions in the 1940s. Through painterly imagery, biblical quotation and the distortion of proper names, Le Fanu shows character to be a self-consuming project. Yeats's "Parnell" emerges as a modernist gothic hero of the 1930s. Bowen's "The heat of the day" anatomises the problems of identity, bequeathed by Yeats. Radically revising the idea of a gothic tradition and traversing two centuries of Irish literary history, Dissolute characters gives a fluent and detailed account of the emerging relation between Irish culture, modernism and politics
The absentee by Maria Edgeworth( Book )

16 editions published between 1988 and 2001 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Absentee (1812) is the third of Maria Edgeworth's brilliantly comic novels on Irish life. In it, she wittily exposes the pernicious consequences for Ireland and for the wider world of absentee landownership. Lord Clonbrony and his ambitious, worldly wife lead an extravagant social life in London on the proceeds of their estates in Ireland. Their son, Lord Colambre, refusing to marry the heiress arranged for him by his mother, decides instead to investigate, incognito, how the family estates in Ireland are being managed. Appalled at the corruption, mismanagement, and poverty he finds, but encouraged by the affectionate goodwill of the tenants and the honesty of his father's agent, he finds a solution to the problem of his father's debts and his family's willful indifference."--Back cover
The Duke's children by Anthony Trollope( Book )

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'No-one probably, ever felt himself to be more alone in the world than our old friend, the Duke of Omnium, when the Duchess died.' Her death leaves to the Duke the care of his three wilful children and to the children the continuing social education of their father. The eldest, Lord SAnthony Trollope, ilverbridge, has been sent down from Oxford; Lord Gerald Palliser is doing indifferently well at Cambridge; and Lady Mary Palliser, the only daughter, is set on what seems to her father an unsuitable marriage. While the Duke must learn to accept that 'nothing will ever be quite what it used to be', his heir must acquire, his father hopes, a respect for justice, self-sacrifice, and honour, and a suitable wife. The rival claims of Lady Mabel Grex and Isabel Boncassen, the American granddaughter of a dock-worker, are emblematic of the claims on the Palliser family: tradition against progress, duty against natural feelings. The Duke's Children is the sixth and last of the Palliser novels (1864-80), which together provide an exceptionally rich expose of the British way of life during its most prestigious period. - Publisher
From Burke to Beckett : ascendancy, tradition and betrayal in literary history by W. J McCormack( Book )

21 editions published in 1994 in English and German and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1985 the highly acclaimed "Ascendancy and tradition " posed the question: "Why did Ireland, a small country by any standard, contribute so prolifically to the modernist movement?" Extending this original theme to include additional authors, this book revises and elaborates on a number of crucial arguments which still arouse heated debate. Beginning with correspondence and pamphlets on the bourgeois origins of Protestant Ascendency, this book places its concerns in a broad European context, culminating in WWII. -- Publisher description
The Kellys and the O'Kellys, or, Landlords and tenants by Anthony Trollope( Book )

17 editions published between 1951 and 1992 in English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The humorous story of two marriages shows the striking similarities between distantly related Irish families, one poor and the other wealthy
Uncle Silas; a tale of Bartram-Haugh by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu( Book )

12 editions published between 1981 and 1993 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maud Ruthyn and her father are haunted by premonitions of death during their sojourn in a gloomy old mansion
Blood kindred : W.B. Yeats: the life, the death, the politics by W. J McCormack( Book )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

He knew he was right by Anthony Trollope( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Louis Trevelyan ... seems the most fortunate of mid-Victorian gentlemen: young, rich, well-educated, handsome, and with a beautiful wife. But his life is ruined by ungrounded jealousy. In the later [chapters], the unlucky hero has been utterly consumed by an obsession with his wife's imaginary infiedelity .... In the sub-plot dealing with the marriages of his English and American heroines, Trollope engages head-on the issue of women's rights, a ropic which was as alive for his contemporaries of the late 1860s as it is today
The pamphlet debate on the Union between Great Britain and Ireland, 1797-1800 by W. J McCormack( Book )

5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arguments about the Irish Union provided an unprecedented opportunity for the exploitation of the print medium in shaping public opinion. Pamphlets became the principal weapons in a struggle for ideological advantage. Parliamentary speeches, satirical poems, earnest exhortations, even an account of the millenium, streamed from the booksellers. But, as this study shows, the conflict raged well beyond the environs of Dublin's parliament, involving provincial and metropolitan agencies in the three kingdoms. Mc Cormack's annotated finding list brings together details of close on 300 items, and provides call numbers locating copies in the major libraries of the British Isles
Northman : John Hewitt (1907-1987) : an Irish writer, his world, and his times by W. J McCormack( )

8 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This, the first ever biography of John Hewitt, is based on archival material, both personal and literary. In many ways it is also a biography of his wife, Roberta (nee Black), whose manuscript journal is also in the public domain. To establish Hewitt's late arrival as a poet, the book opens with a chapter recounting his negotiations with a London publisher over a long period and the eventual appearance of No Rebel Word (1949). Successive chapters trace his education, courtship, literary apprenticeship, first employment as a junior gallery curator in Belfast, the political conflicts of the 1930s and then the War Years, his rejection for the post of director in Belfast's Civic Museum and Gallery, and his utopian commitment to regionalism. Appointment to the Herbert Gallery in Coventry in 1956 brought recognition and confidence. His leanings towards socialist realism came to accommodate abstract art, and he defended the sculptor Barbara Hepworth against the penny-pinching ratepayers. Throughout this two-part career, Hewitt maintained his output as poet, culminating in the Collected Poems (1968).0His Irish political commitments never wavered, though he became cautious about forms of nationalism which proclaimed themselves left-wing. Roberta Hewitt's work for the Coventry Labour Party provided an outlet for her energies and her domestic frustrations. Throughout these forty years, the poetry is kept constantly in view, sometime by reference to individual pieces and their origins, and some by means of longer 'breaks for text' where more detailed criticism is practised. In 1972, the Hewitts returned to Belfast whenthe Troubles reached an ugly peak. Committed to anti-sectarianism, Hewitt withheld support from all parties, though he took an interest in trade union activity. Publishing (perhaps too much) poetry in his last decade-and-a-half, he died very much in harness
The silence of Barbara Synge by W. J McCormack( Book )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Crucial events in the family's past are considered in the light of their influence on J.M. Synge's writing, from a suicide in 1769 which is echoed in one of his early plays, to the disastrous consequences of the Great Famine, which impacted upon Synge's composition of The Playboy of the Western World (1907)." "Mc Cormacks brings to life some colourful characters amonst the Synge ancestors, such as sometime MP Johan Hatch, and John 'Pestalozzi' Synge, whose religious and educational concerns seem to act as expiation of the family's earlier shortcomings and anxieties." "This volume provides a companion to Fool of the Family: A Life of J.M. Synge, W.J. Mc Cormack's acclaimed biography of Synge."--Jacket
Is he Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope( Book )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After leaving the family estate to the management of his brother, the second son, Lord George Germain, the Dowager Marchioness and her daughters, the Marquis of Brotherton returned from Italy, in the company of an Italian woman and small child who, he said, were his wife and son, the heir Lord Popenjoy. Lord George had married Mary Lovelace, daughter of the Dean of Brotherton Cathedral. At his father-in-law's urging, Lord George investigated the small boy's legitimacy, but found no conclusive evidence for either claim. The boy and his mother soon returned to Italy, where the boy died, thus ending the claim. Soon after, the Marquis also died, and the title went to Lord George. A subplot in this story is Mary Germain's rebellion against her authoritarian husband, George. She is tempted by her worldly friend Adlaide, by the Dean of Brotherton, and by a dashing Guards captain. As she explores the issue, Mary meets various ardent advocates of the Women's Rights movement. Eventually, Mary produces a son, thus settling the estate
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The Blackwell companion to modern Irish culture
The Blackwell companion to modern Irish cultureSheridan Le Fanu and Victorian IrelandFool of the family : a life of J.M. SyngeIrish poetry : an interpretive anthology from before Swift to Yeats and afterDissolute characters : Irish literary history through Balzac, Sheridan Le Fanu, Yeats, and BowenThe absenteeThe Duke's childrenFrom Burke to Beckett : ascendancy, tradition and betrayal in literary history
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