Other literary forms

(British and Irish Poetry, Revised Edition)

Three fictional autobiographies—The Green Fool (1938), Tarry Flynn (1948), and By Night Unstarred (1977)—are based on the years Patrick Kavanagh (KAV-uh-nuh) spent in County Monaghan. The latter part of By Night Unstarred pursues his life into Dublin. Various prose essays and occasional pieces can be found in Collected Prose (1967) and November Haggard: Uncollected Prose and Verse of Patrick Kavanagh (1971). Kavanagh’s Weekly, a magazine that published thirteen issues between April 12 and July 15, 1952, contains a variety of fiction, commentary, and verse that was written under various pseudonyms but is almost all Kavanagh’s own work (reprinted, 1981). Lapped Furrows: Correspondence, 1933-1967 (1969) and Love’s Tortured Headland (1974) reprint correspondence and other documents between 1933 and 1967. After the poet’s death, his brother Peter edited and published his work, and Peter’s biography, Sacred Keeper (1980), contains a number of previously unpublished or unreprinted documents. Despite the claims of various titles, Kavanagh’s work remains uncollected. A poem (“The Gambler”) was adapted for ballet in 1961, and Tarry Flynn was dramatized in 1966; each was performed at the Abbey Theatre.