Brian Moore Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Brian Moore Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Although he became increasingly cosmopolitan in his adult life, Brian Moore’s work is very much rooted in the place of his origin—Northern Ireland—in his middle-class Irish Catholic upbringing, and in concerns readers have learned to recognize in the work of several generations of Irish writers, fromJohn Millington Synge, William Butler Yeats, and James Joyce to the present. In his earlier work at least, Moore was fettered by the ghost of Evelyn Waugh’s Irishman, “dragging everywhere with him his ancient rancours and the melancholy of the bogs.” That Irishman, however, is transformed by the multiplicity of thematic and structural interests of the inventive Moore.

Beginning with Judith Hearne, the...

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