How Ireland creates writers, and Irish writers created Ireland

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From Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde to Edna O’Brien and John Banville, the Irish are a literary people. Poets like William Butler Yeats articulated revolutionary dreams of Irish statehood and inspired the romantic visions behind the 1916 Easter Rising. Declan Kiberd is Ireland’s most renowned cultural and literary critic. His latest book is called After Ireland: Writing the Nation from Beckett to the Present.

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