A Writer's City
by Christopher Morash
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Pub Date 09 Mar 2023 | Archive Date 16 Mar 2023
The words of its writers are part of the texture of Dublin, an invisible counterpart to the bricks and pavement we see around us. Beyond the ever-present footsteps of James Joyce's characters, Leopold Bloom or Stephen Dedalus, around the city centre, an ordinary-looking residential street overlooking Dublin Bay, for instance, presents the house where Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney lived for many years; a few blocks away is the house where another Nobel Laureate, W. B. Yeats, was born. Just down the coast is the pier linked to yet another, Samuel Beckett, from which we can see the Martello Tower that is the setting for the opening chapter of Ulysses. But these are only a few. Step-by-step, Dublin: A Writer's City unfolds a book-lover's map of this unique city, inviting us to experience what it means to live in a great city of literature. The book is heavily illustrated, and features custom maps.
‘Dublin: A Writer's City is a comprehensive guide to this incomprehensibly graphomane capital, less city than town, less town than village, less village than inkpot. Christopher Morash's book is engrossing, enlightening, relaxedly scholarly and splendidly entertaining.’ John Banville
‘Here is the Dublin I know and love. This is an invaluable guide to a living, changing city; one that is rich in stories as well as books. Moving lightly from the deep past to the present day, Christopher Morash has managed to be affectionate, accurate and comprehensive, all at once.’ Anne Enright
‘… a fitting tribute to the rich literary history of Dublin.' Publishers Weekly
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