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The Doctor's House: An Autobiography

The Doctor's House: An Autobiography

James Liddy

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There is a strong voice in this memoir and one that shows the reader a sense of fun and development, an intellect that spills onto the page with an artistic diction drowned with people and places, pubs and writers, reflections and recordings.""--An Sionnach.

This is an unconventional autobiography of one of Ireland's most engaging and independent poets. In the first section, James Liddy describes his early life in Co. Wexford. His father was a Dispensary doctor, and his mother was an American from New York. Liddy's poetic prose style conveys a sense of living in both past and present. His love of the unusual, and a striving for intellectual freedom, propelled him, as a student in Dublin, to become one of the literary mandarins who made McDaid's pub the centre of Irish literary life.

Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh, John Jordan, Richard Riordain, and Michael Hartnett figured largely in his life at that time, as did American writers Edward Dahlberg and Anthony Kerrigan. James Liddy was a member of a new generation of writers in the 1960s; this book gives the flavour of this sparkling period.

The final chapters, his pivotal move to America, his adventures in San Francisco, New Orleans, and the German-American dream city of Milwaukee, mark the development of his poetry and his ever present sense of fun and intellectual exploration.

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Author James Liddy
Publisher Salmon Poetry
Publication date 1 Jan 2005
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781903392393

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