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Louis MacNeice: In a Between World

Louis MacNeice: In a Between World

Christopher J. Fauske

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This powerful new perspective on MacNeice’s life and work explores his poetry, prose and drama as part of a biographical re-evaluation. Christopher Fauske places the poet’s relationship with Ireland, the Second World War, his father and the key women in his life at its centre, unravelling unprecedented considerations that challenge the critical foundations of this luminary of Irish writing.

Louis MacNeice is one of the most important writers of the twentieth century and a forefather of modern Irish poetry. This powerful new analysis of his life and work explores his poetry, prose and drama as part of a biographical re-evaluation.

Christopher J. Fauske places the poet’s relationship with Ireland, the Second World War, his father and the key women in his life at its centre, unravelling the poetic and personal conflicts, and challenging earlier critical interpretations of this luminary of Irish writing. Fauske’s meticulous study engages with these themes while highlighting the importance of heeding MacNeice’s own heroic directive: ‘Let every adverse force converge’, which informs his deeply questioning poetry and is further illuminated by a fascinating review of his penetrating literary criticism and celebrated radio work.

The poet’s lifelong wariness of belonging and sense of displacement within a ‘between world’ are captured here, yet so too are the life-affirming writings which make MacNeice unique among modern Irish poets.

Table of Content

  1. Louis MacNeice
  2. Historical and Cultural Contexts
  3. The Apologies
  4. The Ladies in his Life Lingered
  5. The Early Works
  6. Autumn Journal
  7. The War Years
  8. Surviving the Peace
  9. The Last Test

Additional Information

Author Christopher J. Fauske
Publisher Irish Academic Press
Publication date 25 Mar 2016
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781911024095

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