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The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Volume VThe Irish Book in English, 1891-2000$
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Clare Hutton

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199249114

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199249114.001.0001

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Faber and Irish Literature

Faber and Irish Literature

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The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Volume V

Ruth Ling

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Faber and Faber’s role in the growth of the literature of Ireland, with particular reference to its sponsorship of many Irish authors. It first looks at the history of Faber and Faber, from its early days as Faber and Gwyer to its evolution into a stable and renowned publishing house. It then considers the benefits of Faber’s relationship with Ireland and how careful marketing of authors under the wider umbrella of an international lineup has led to the emergence of an Irish canon. It also analyses how Faber has influenced the reception of Irish literature by citing the largely posthumous publication of Louis MacNeice’s work. Finally, the chapter looks at Faber’s presentation of Irish publications and its relation to the concept of Irishness.

Keywords:   authors, Faber and Faber, Ireland, Faber and Gwyer, publishing, marketing, Irish canon, Irish literature, Louis MacNeice, Irishness

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