To celebrate the centenary of his birth, the Irish Academic Press are delighted to announce the publication of a new collection of essays in appreciation of one of Ireland’s best-loved writers, Benedict Kiely.


Edited by George O’Brien

Kiely pictureNovelist, short-story writer, critic, memoirist, broadcaster and journalist Benedict Kiely (1919–2007) was not only one of the best-known but one of the most artistically and culturally distinctive men of letters of his day. His fascination with the island of Ireland, the myths and memories of its people, and the many-voiced quality of its traditions, has secured for him a unique place in the country’s literary history.

His substantial body of fiction and non-fiction is a repository of lore and learning, which amply rewards the interest shown in it over many years, by both the general public and Irish and international literary scholarship.

In a Harbour Green reveals this interest with fresh insight and awareness. Written by leading Irish and international critics, these essays illuminate all facets of Benedict Kiely’s output, providing for the first time a comprehensive account of its formal variety and artistic range, its historic origins and inimitable style.

The result is a long-awaited, informative and warmly appreciative assessment of Benedict Kiely’s imaginative accomplishments and cultural significance. In a Harbour Green breathes new life into his work and places the artist himself at the heart of Irish literature, where he belongs.

Published by Irish Academic Press: Hardback • €19.95/ £18.99 • 200 pages • 215mm x140mm • 9781788550888

George O’Brien has published an autobiographical trilogy – The Village of Longing (1987), Dancehall Days (1988) and Out of Our Minds (1994) – and various books of literary criticism, the most recent of which is The Irish Novel 1800–1910 (2015)

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