The Irish Novel Peasant And Middle Class Irish Novelists - Essay

Peasant And Middle Class Irish Novelists

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Horatio Sheafe Krans (essay date 1903)

SOURCE: "The Novelists of the Peasantry," in Irish Life in Irish Fiction, Columbia University Press, 1903, pp. 120-96.

[In the following essay, Krans examines the lives and works of novelists born in Ireland and raised as Catholics, discussing in particular how these novelists portrayed the lives and character of the Irish peasant and middle classes.]

At the close of the first quarter of the nineteenth century a group of young writers began to appear whose works were more national and more worthy of being considered as an elucidation of Irish life and the character of the race than those of any previous...

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