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Young John McGahern by Denis Sampson

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Denis Sampson recreates McGahern’s personal and cultural circumstances in Dublin and London in the fifties and early sixties: his absorption of the lives and the work of classic writers; his shrewd observations of those he encountered; his definition of the kind of poetic writer he wished to become. He consider McGahern’s first efforts as an apprentice novelist and weaves the inner story of the writing of The Barracks in 1960-62 into a narrative of his imaginative formation.

This is an account of McGahern’s triumphant emergence from what he called ‘my years of training in the secret Dublin years’. In the decades that followed, whilst he experimented in styles and genres, the foundational aspects of his identity as a writer remained constant.

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English

Non-Fiction

A biography of the most admired Irish novelist of the past fifty years

2012

978-0-19-964177-2

Oxford University Press

Don Mills, Ontario

2012

176

hardcover