For its size, Dublin has produced more writers than any other city in the world. These range from Jonathan Swift, Charles Maturin, William Carleton and Thomas Moore to Lafcadio Hearn, Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and Maeve Binchy. And they include no fewer than four winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature, W.B. Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney.
City of Writers is a guide to the homes and haunts of forty of Dublin’s foremost authors. Visiting the homes of these writers, retracing their steps, provides a rare sense of immediacy, a tangible feeling of the life they led and an insight into their work. Here, James Clarence Mangan shuffled in his oversize cloak. There, Lady Morgan established Dublin’s first notable literary salon. Sheridan le Fanu walked this square after dark. Young Bram Stoker heard his first stories on that lawn.
Illustrated by leading photographer Johnny Bambury, this book marks the conclusion of Brendan Lynch’s entertaining and informative trilogy on literary Dublin. The earlier volumes were Parsons Bookshop and Prodigals and Geniuses: The Writers and Artists of Dublin’s Baggotonia
"Dublin is the world’s greatest literary city, and Brendan Lynch does a marvellous job of showing us the who what where when how and why of a place that is built on the intricacies of language. This book is a doorway into the stories of the past, and a key, then, into the future." – Colum McCann
“Brendan Lynch in this lively book has assembled an amazing gallery of unique geniuses and colourful characters who plied the literary trade in Dublin. He provides both the native and the visitor with a delightful way of seeing the city which can be enjoyed by all.” – Peter Costello, author of James Joyce: The Years of Growth .
About the Author
Brendan Lynch is a former racing cyclist and driver. A supporter of pacifist philosopher Bertrand Russell, he was imprisoned in London for 1960s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament activities. He has written seven books and contributed to national and international media from the Irish Times to The Observer, The Times and The European. His first book, Green Dust, won the Guild of Motoring Writers’ Pierre Dreyfus Award. A consultant for The Encyclopaedia of Ireland, Brendan’s features on Irish writers encouraged the establishment of Dublin’s George Bernard Shaw Museum and the James Joyce Cultural Centre. City of Writers is his third book on literary Dublin.
About the Photographer
Killarney’s Johnny Bambury is one of Ireland’s most versatile photographers. His career commenced in London’s Fleet Street in 1970. His corporate and media studies have graced newspapers, magazines and books. Passionate about photography and travel, Johnny lives in Termonfeckin, County Louth, with his partner, Joanne. (www.johnnybambury.com)
- Additional Information
Author Lynch, Brendan Editor No Print Format Paperback ISBN-10 No ISBN-13 9781908308450 Illustrations B&W photos throughout Date of Publication June 8, 2013 Number of Pages 304