Other Literary Forms
William Carleton’s reputation largely rests on the short-fiction collection in the two series of his Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry. He was also, however, a prolific novelist. Works such as his Fardorougha the Miser: Or, The Convicts of Lisnamona (1839), Valentine McClutchy, the Irish Agent: Or, Chronicles of the Castle Cumber Property (1845), and The Black Prophet: A Tale of Irish Famine (1847) are extensions of the themes and venues of his short stories. Carleton is also the author of an incomplete autobiography, published posthumously as The Life of William Carleton (1896). It is one of the more significant cultural documents to emerge from early nineteenth century Ireland.