Literary Dublin


Ireland's tradition of being a nation of scholars (as well as saints, of course!) goes back over a thousand years to when monks began transcribing the bible into great works of art. Ireland was one of the first nations to practice vernacular writing (writing in the spoken language) and for centuries stories of legends and mythology were written, nature being a major influence on these. Dublin's most visible impact on world literature began in the 18th Century in the form of Anglo-Irish (Irish people of English descent) literature. Trinity College Dublin, founded in 1592, has produced many of the writers mentioned below and is well worth a visit. Here you may see the Book of Durrow and Book of Kells which are transcriptions of the Bible.
Every year on 16th June Dublin celebrated the life of perhaps it's most famous son, James Joyce born at 41 Brighton Square, Rathgar, Dublin. On Bloomsday (named after Leopold Bloom from Ulysses) there are several events around the city. The James Joyce Museum in Sandycove inspired the opening of the great book "Ulysses", whose first chapter is set in the tower. This novel established Joyce as one of the great writers of the world. Other Joycean attractions include the James Joyce Centre on North Great Georges Street and the Dublin Writers Museum on nearby Parnell Square.
The Dublin literary tradition continues and more recently Irish writers of importance and popularity have lived here such as Seamus Heaney, originally from County Derry and 1995 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, who lives in Sandymount, Michael Longley, a famous Irish poet from Belfast who taught in Dublin and now lives in County Mayo, Eavan Boland the famous feminist poet and Maeve Binchy, the popular novelist who lives in Dalkey, Co. Dublin. Some of Roddy Doyle's Dublin based novels about Dublin life have been made into films in recent years and have received international recognition.

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