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The Selected Prose of John Jordan
Writer, poet, academic, broadcaster and re-founder of the magazine "Poetry Ireland", Dublin-born John Jordan (1930-88) was a distinguished scholar - critic in the Dublin of the fifties and sixties. This gathering of prose essays and reviews are taken from the columns of the "Irish Press", "Hibernia", "The Crane Bag" and "Irish University Review". They focus on Joyce, Kavanagh, O'Casey, Behan, Bowen, Gregory, Shaw and Wilde, as well as on Irish drama and Paul Valery. Jordan brings a continental sensibility to bear on his literary milieu.
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"'I cannot imagine a literary editor today taking as much care with the submissions of the work of young writers as John Jordan did when he was editing Poetry Ireland, or offering as much personal support to new writers as he did.' - PAUL DURCAN 'John Jordan was one of Ireland's leading literary critics. A distinguished poet and editor in his own right, a guiding light behind the establishment of Poetry Ireland, his essays, lectures and radio broadcasts are important statements of an Irish literary self-consciousness that emerged in the post-World War II period. I cannot think of anyone more keenly suited to the task of selecting the best of John Jordan's literary writing and presenting it to a new audience than Hugh McFadden.' - GERALD DAWE"