Search Results: "R.F. Foster"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"In his hands, the irreconcilable differences of the Anglo-Irish tradition and character become creative oppositions."
Drawing on politics, literature, popular culture, and his personal observations, Foster (History/Oxford, Modern Ireland, 1600-1971, 1989), the leading authority on modern Irish history, reveals in this gathering of 14 essays (most previously published in academic journals) the intricacies, ambivalences, and illusions behind the Anglo-Irish identity crisis, especially from 18401922. Read full book review >

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VIVID FACES by R.F. Foster
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 26, 2015

"Readable and provocative. Students of contemporary Irish history have few better guides than the sometimes-dyspeptic but refreshingly agenda-less Foster."
A bracing study of the rebels who secured Ireland's freedom from Britain nearly a century ago. Read full book review >

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MODERN IRELAND 1600-1972 by R.F. Foster
Released: March 17, 1989

Irish historian (U. of London) Foster (Charles Stewart Parnell: The Man and His Family and Lord Randolph Churchill: A Political Life) here undertakes a grand survey of Irish history from the end of the Elizabethan wars to 1972, the year that Ireland joined the Common Market. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"'We may come at last,' Yeats once remarked, 'to think that all knowledge is biography.' Foster's knowing, richly detailed investigation is a remarkable achievement, essential to serious students of Yeats's life and work."
Eminent Irish historian meets eminent Irish poet, continuing the massive biography begun nearly seven years ago. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Erudite and acerbic."
Looking at the way the Irish government has integrated Irish history into its tourism programs, Foster (W.B. Yeats: The Apprentice Mage, 1997, etc.) sees a weapon of mass destruction. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"This is the Pollexfen account of Yeats's life: dense with facts, skeptically commonsensical, but a bit obtuse in spirit. (32 pages photos, not seen)"
Instead of offering another biographic gloss of Yeats's poetry, historian Foster (Irish History/Oxford; Paddy and Mr. Punch, 1994, etc.) concentrates on the young poet's many personae: journalist, revolutionary, playwright, political figure, and occult experimenter. Read full book review >

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FOSTER CARE by Nancy Millichap Davies
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1994

"B&w photo insert; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
In The Changing Family series, a journalist surveys the history and current status of foster care and the issues involved in placing children outside their immediate families. Read full book review >

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AFTER TUPAC AND D FOSTER by Jacqueline Woodson
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Walkmans and bootleg tapes solidify the setting of the previous decade, bringing added authenticity to Woodson's satisfying tale of childhood friendship. (Fiction. YA)"
The summer of 1995 brings D Foster away from her foster home to the block where 12-year-olds Neeka and the unnamed narrator reside. Read full book review >

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THE LEGACY OF DAVID FOSTER WALLACE by Samuel Cohen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 31, 2012

"The eyes of general readers will glaze reading the lit-crit, blaze (and redden) reading the writers' eulogies."
A potpourri of a literary collection—from exegeses to eulogies—all in memory and honor of Wallace (1962-2008). Read full book review >

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NO REGRETS, NO REMORSE by R.F. Sharp
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"This high-spirited debut novel from attorney/sculptor Sharp never does tie up all its loose ends. Blame Oscar, who's both woollier and less interesting than Sydney, a heroine who deserves a starring role next time out."
A West Palm Beach attorney who quit practicing to follow his star as a sculptor finds that assorted lawbreakers and officers of the court are following him as well. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE ALL AROUND ME BY ELLEN FOSTER by Kaye Gibbons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Ellen's fortune has improved, but her charm has curdled into self-congratulatory superiority."
After six intervening novels (Divining Women, 2004, etc.), Gibbons returns to the eponymous heroine of her first, Ellen Foster (1987), still plucky and brilliant but no longer beset by hard luck. Read full book review >