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(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

After the publication of his first novel, The Barracks (1963), John McGahern encountered trouble with the Catholic Church and the Irish Censorship Board because of his second novel, The Dark (1965); as a result of these experiences, McGahern decided to fictionalize the loss of his teaching job in The Leavetaking (1974, revised 1984) and parody the problems of writing about sex in The Pornographer (1979). Amongst Women (1990) is his most highly praised novel.