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McCormack, W. J.

Works: 98 works in 395 publications in 4 languages and 8,436 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Political fiction  Biography  Satire  History  Domestic fiction  Essays  Literary criticism  Psychological fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, wat, Artist, Performer, Creator, Translator
Classifications: PR5684, 823.8
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Most widely held works by W. J McCormack
The Eustace diamonds by Anthony Trollope( Book )

29 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in English and Italian and held by 708 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 )

20 editions published between 1982 and 2016 in English and held by 660 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
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 624 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
Ascendancy and tradition in Anglo-Irish literary history from 1789 to 1939 by W. J McCormack( Book )

17 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in English and held by 606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study uncovers the bourgeois origins of Ascendancy ideology in the alarm of the 1790s, and traces its cultural significance by means of a series of detailed critiques of central texts and concepts
The Blackwell companion to modern Irish culture( Book )

20 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and Italian and held by 601 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
Sheridan Le Fanu and Victorian Ireland by W. J McCormack( Book )

21 editions published between 1970 and 1995 in English and held by 542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-73) was a highly original author of fantastic fiction - novels and short stories - and a key in Irish conservative poitics during the first half o the Victorian age. This outstanding biography, appearing in a new paperback edition with fresh appendix matter, explores the contradictions of his achievement. 'It can be thoroughly recommended.' - John Arden, New Statesman. 'One of the qualitites of this excellent studies is the train of associations which is provokes. It is far from more than a revaluation of Le Fanu, though this is incidentally provided in a discrimina
Fool of the family : a life of J.M. Synge by W. J McCormack( Book )

10 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 482 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 354 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 )

11 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and French and held by 304 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 301 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 Kellys and the O'Kellys, or, Landlords and tenants by Anthony Trollope( Book )

15 editions published between 1951 and 1992 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The humorous story of two marriages shows the striking similarities between a poor and a wealthy Irish family
From Burke to Beckett : ascendancy, tradition and betrayal in literary history by W. J McCormack( Book )

16 editions published in 1994 in English and German and held by 241 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
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 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 188 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
The silence of Barbara Synge by W. J McCormack( Book )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 180 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
Roger Casement in death, or, Haunting the free state by W. J McCormack( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The battle of the books : two decades of Irish cultural debate by W. J McCormack( Book )

7 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The war of words between critics and writers is no paper conflict but affects daily life where literature and politics interact. This twentieth century concern is nowhere more evident than in Ireland today where the growing 'Troubles' in Ulster give critical debate particular focus. In this clear-eyed survey Bill McCormack assess the alliances, the animosities, the factions, seeking to show the common ground they share even as they dispute its possession ... Underlying this polished and stimulating criticque is a sombre awareness of literature's contribution to political malaise, and a call for an engagement with the real forces that govern people's lives."
Northman : John Hewitt (1907-1987) : an Irish writer, his world, and his times by W. J McCormack( Book )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 152 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 novels and selected works of Maria Edgeworth by Maria Edgeworth( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This twelve-volume edition of the major works of Maria Edgeworth makes available one of the most important but most neglected of women writers in English
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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 Kellys and the O'Kellys, or, Landlords and tenantsFrom Burke to Beckett : ascendancy, tradition and betrayal in literary history
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