Irish writing, we are told, is currently enjoying a renaissance. Strange, original talents are blossoming, wielding styles and perspectives as variant as the inspirations they bring to bear on their work. The Irish Tradition seeks to situate this recent flowering within the centuries-long efforts of Irish writers to experiment and to innovate, to make the form of the novel new and strange again. From Laurence Sterne to Flann O’Brien and beyond, this anthology presents both highly familiar and relatively obscure writers from across the history of Irish fiction, offering a fresh perspective on and a provocative reshuffling of the literary canon.
Rob Doyle was born in Dublin and holds a first-class honors degree in Philosophy and an MPhil in Psychoanalysis from Trinity College Dublin. His widely acclaimed first novel, Here Are the Young Men, was chosen as a book of the year by the Irish Times, the Independent, the Sunday Times, and Sunday Business Post, and shortlisted in the Best Newcomer category for the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards. Doyle’s writing has been published in many newspapers and journals. He currently lives in Paris.