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The Study Of Literature
English Literature Of The 19th Century:
 Other Irish Story Writers

 Minor Writers

 Charles Kingsley

 Thomas Adolphus Trollope

 Charles Reade

 Charlotte Bronte

 George Eliot

 Poetry Of The Early Victorian Period

 Alfred Tennyson

 Robert Browning

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Other Irish Story Writers

( Originally Published Early 1900's )

There are other novelists who more truly or fully represent the Irish character. John Banim (1800-1842 ) in "Tales of the O'Hara Family" and "The Denounced" shows the passionate and tragic side of peasant life. Gerald Griffin (1803-1840) dealt with the middle classes, and showed both the pathetic and humorous features of their lives in his famous "Collegians," which has been adapted for the stage under the title "Colleen Bawn." He had just achieved success after a hard struggle, when he withdrew to a monastery two years before he died. No one has depicted more faithfully all the aspects of the Irish peasant than William Carleton (1794-1869). His "Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry" appeared in 1830, and from that time to his death his literary activity was incessant. The most powerful of his works is "Fardarougha the Miser," in which the beautiful character of the miser's wife is sketched from his own mother. "The Black Prophet" graphically describes the sufferings of the famine of 1846. Thomas Crofton Croker (1798-1854), who was an antiquarian rather than a novelist, is best known by his collection of "Fairy Legends of the South of Ireland." The most amusing pictures of the Irish peasant have been furnished by Samuel Lover (1797-1868), who was chiefly an artist and song-writer. Both the song and the story of "Rory O'More" came from his pen. But his most famous book is "Handy Andy" (1842), which relates the comical blunders of a droll, muddle-headed peasant of the lowest class, who yet becomes an Irish peer, with the title Lord Scatter-brain.

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