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McCormack, W. J.

Overview
Works: 95 works in 329 publications in 3 languages and 7,619 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Political fiction  Biography  Satire  History  Domestic fiction  Handbooks and manuals  Conference papers and proceedings  Psychological fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, wat, Translator, Performer
Classifications: PR5684, 823.8
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by W. J McCormack
The Eustace diamonds by Anthony Trollope( Book )

19 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in English and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lizzie Eustace is young, beautiful, and widowed. Her determination to hold on to a fabulous necklace in the face of legal harassment by her brother-in-law's solicitor entangles her in a series of crimes - apparent and real - and contrived love-affairs. Her cousin, Frank Greystock, loyally assists her, much to the distress of his fiancee, Lucy Morris. A pompous Under-Secretary, a neurotic American society belle, a brutal knight, and a shady Scottish radical peer are only some of Trollope's engaging and revealing characters in this melange of detective story, political novel, and ironic romance. The Eustace Diamonds (1873) is the third in the Palliser series. Though often considered the least political of the six, it is a highly revealing study of Victoran Britain, its colonial activities in Ireland, India, and Australia, and its veneration of wealth. - Publisher
The Blackwell companion to modern Irish culture( Book )

20 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and Italian and held by 635 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
James Joyce and modern literature by W. J McCormack( Book )

16 editions published between 1982 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ascendancy and tradition in Anglo-Irish literary history from 1789 to 1939 by W. J McCormack( Book )

14 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in English and held by 565 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
Sheridan Le Fanu and Victorian Ireland by W. J McCormack( Book )

16 editions published between 1980 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 494 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 )

8 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 475 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 363 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 290 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 )

11 editions published between 1988 and 2001 in English and held by 284 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 )

13 editions published between 1951 and 1992 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 211 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 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

9 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The family of playwright J.M. Synge (1871-1909) had a long pedigree in Ireland, which has never been fully examined until now. Taking the apparent death of Mrs. John Hatch (nee Synge) in 1767 as a starting point, Bill Mc Cormack explores the many diverse strands of two family histories in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Ireland." "The Silence of Barbara Synge is a unique work of cultural enquiry, combining archival research, literary criticism and local history. The result is a model for a new kind of literary-historical project, neither biography or criticism, nor literary history, but a synthesis of all three."
Roger Casement in death, or, Haunting the free state by W. J McCormack( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 166 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 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The novels and selected works of Maria Edgeworth by Maria Edgeworth( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Dublin paper war of 1786-1788 : a bibliographical and critical inquiry : including an account of the origins of Protestant ascendancy and its 'baptism' in 1792 by W. J McCormack( Book )

6 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the prison of his days( Book )

6 editions published between 1988 and 2011 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The miscellany of writings which follows has been brought together to mark Nelson Mandela's seventieth birthday. Given that prison walls have surrounded him in his seventieth year, as in his fiftieth, and given his illness later in the year, no easy celebration can be indulged. Beginning with an editorial, it includes poems, interspersed between fiction and commentary; a moving interview with an exprisoner and poet is accompanied by essays in scholarly criticism. Most of the contributors are Irish, because the idea for the book originated with the Irish AntiApartheid Movement. Contributors inc
Enigmas of sacrifice : a critique of Joseph M. Plunkett and the Dublin Insurrection of 1916 by W. J McCormack( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The Blackwell companion to modern Irish culture
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Languages
English (188)

French (2)

Italian (1)

Covers
The Blackwell companion to modern Irish cultureFool 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 tenantsUncle Silas; a tale of Bartram-HaughBlood kindred : W.B. Yeats: the life, the death, the politics