Dublin: The Literary City, Brought to Life
Maybe it’s the emotional nature of the Irish, maybe it’s the turbulent history of Ireland, and maybe it’s something to do with magic and faeries, but whatever the reason, Ireland’s always been a hotbed of great literary talent. Here are a few of our favorites whose echoes still sound in Dublin’s bustling streets.
Whether or not you actually understand a word of it isirrelevant—the important thing is, James Joyce’s Dubliners is Dubln’squintessential literary work. In theory. It’s epic, completely original, and itpaints a vivid portrait of the city. (This last point is according to peoplewho have either spent much of their life becoming Joycean literary students, orinvested a nominal sum in the Cliffs Notes.)
Delve further into the great author’s works at the James Joyce Centre…or align with his regular state of mind at the Guinness Storehouse. (Yes, he liked a drink or three. Looking at his prose, are you surprised?)
William Butler Yeats
Nobel Prize winner, poet and Irish senator, Yeats was doubly fortunate by artists’ standards. He came from a wealthy family, so never had to go through true penury; and he achieved both success and respect while still alive. His achievements were as numerous as his love affairs, and he remains one of the best-loved poets of the modern age.
Yeats’ physical legacy is a great one: He co-founded the Irish Literary Theater, which would be reincarnated as the Abbey Theater (National Theater of Ireland).
If you always thought the author of Dracula had to be born in the Carpathians or somewhere similarly remote and creepy and Eastern Euro, you’re not alone. But nope. He’s actually a Dublin son, and local historians claim that many of his vampire inspirations came from ancient Celtic legends about the undead.
To learn more about Dublin’s spooky side, book a ride on theDublin Ghostbus.
One of Ireland’s most beloved contemporary fiction writers,Maeve found fame “across the pond”—er, in Hollywood, when her novel Circle of Friends was made into a movie.Audiences love her version of Dublin: a city of many overlapping circles,heartwarming stories, interesting neighbors and imperfect but loveablecharacters.
Binchy grew up just outside the city of Dublin and got her degree at University College in the city—the same university that many of her fictional characters attend.
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