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Fintan O’Toole on Jonathan Swift born 350 years ago today: a moral giant and founder of Anglo-Irish writing

Fintan O’Toole on Jonathan Swift born 350 years ago today: a moral giant and founder of Anglo-Irish writing | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
350 years after his birth, Swift’s savage indignation can still reach right into our hearts
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‘Irish Times’ columnist Fintan O’Toole wins Orwell Prize for Journalism

‘Irish Times’ columnist Fintan O’Toole wins Orwell Prize for Journalism | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Journalist’s analysis of Brexit added ‘highly important perspective’ to debate
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Beckett in Love by Fintan O'Toole

Beckett in Love by Fintan O'Toole | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Beckett’s sense of humor might have been gratified by the joke that contemporary culture is playing on him, making his enactments of futility themselves futile by reading them as cheerleaders’ chants. And he would have recognized the ironies involved in this transformation of wretchedness into celebration, for he faced them in his own lifetime, not least in the years after the utterly unexpected success of Waiting for Godot in the mid-1950s, which brought him money and fame. Success was not what Beckett had bargained for.
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Seamus Heaney's biographer races to see poet's faxes before they fade

Seamus Heaney's biographer races to see poet's faxes before they fade | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Fintan O’Toole, who is to write the life of the Nobel laureate, said he is anxious to record surviving documents written in ‘his favourite communication mode’
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Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir by John Banville review: Utterly delightful-Fintan O'Toole

Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir by John Banville review: Utterly delightful-Fintan O'Toole | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The least likely memoirist shows why he is the greatest living master of simile and metaphor in prose, writes Fintan O'Toole
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Culture Shock: What Conor McPherson needs to do to be a great playwright

Culture Shock: What Conor McPherson needs to do to be a great playwright | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The gifts on show in his plays, including ‘The Night Alive’, at the off-Broadway Atlantic theatre, make him an important figure in Irish theatre – the most obvious successor, in fact, to Brian Friel and Tom Murphy. Except that he can’t quite seem to believe in them
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