When Irish eyes are smiling, sure tis' like a morn in spring. St Patrick's Day is just round the corner, and what better way to celebrate the wearing of the green than to take a look at some of Ireland's most celebrated authors.
Author Bram Stoker was born in Dublin and attended Trinity College, where he graduated with a BA Hons in Mathematics. Check out the Booktrack copy of Dracula's Guest, a short story that is widely believed to be the actual deleted first chapter from Dracula. It was originally published in 1914, two years after Stoker's death from either suspected tertiary syphilis or overwork.
One of the most influential post-modernist writers of the 20th century, Joyce's work has been the focus of many tertiary level literature papers. Dubliners is a collection of short stories that looks at everyday life in Ireland. The contents of the book was considered so controversial at the time that the printers burned the proofs, and it was only by luck that Joyce managed to save one copy. Check out the Booktrack version of The Sisters, a short story from the collection.
First published as part of a short story collection, this well-composed children's morality tale is now a classic. It features a grumpy giant who bad-temperedly banishes kids from playing in his garden and his journey towards redemption. A heart-warming little story perfect for bedtime reading. The Selfish Giant was made into a movie last year, though with a contemporary twist.
Let's raise a pint of Guinness to these Irish literary giants, and if you haven't read any of these authors, start by trying out a Booktrack or two or relive your past reading experiences by checking out something new.
This St Patrick's Day, why not have a go at creating your own Irish-themed Booktracks? If you're up to the challenge, here are three beloved classics by Irish authors to get you started:
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
The Happy Prince, Oscar Wilde
Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift