Luck o’ the Irish?

Thumbnail image for the-sea-the-sea-murdoch.jpgIt is said Ireland’s greatest contribution to the world of arts and culture has been its literature. Always known for a rich oral and storytelling tradition, Ireland transformed into a literate island with the coming of Christianity in 400-500 AD (heralded by St. Patrick himself). Monks were hard at work illuminating Gospel manuscripts, such as the Book of Kells, while the rest of Europe began its descent into the Dark Ages...

Featured this week in ABE’s Rare Books Room is Literature from the Emerald Isle just in time for St. Patrick’s Day later this week. There’s a short feature on Collecting the Irish, from Jonathan Swift to Roddy Doyle, James Joyce to Edna O’Brien. Are you a collector of Celts? Perhaps you’ll find a pot of gold waiting for you here. 

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