Search Results: "R.F. Foster"


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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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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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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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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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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 >

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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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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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CARDINAL GALSWORTHY by Edward R.F. Sheehan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"An odd mix of earnest history lessons, turgid efforts at literary prose, and genuinely fascinating glimpses of the inner workings of the Vatican."
Journalist and novelist Sheehan (Innocent Darkness, 1993, etc.) delivers a bloated and pretentious—if lively—saga of recent Vatican history as seen through the career of one very complicated man. Read full book review >

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WHALE PORT by Mark Foster
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 24, 2007

The story of the fictional New England town of Tuckanucket from 1683 to the present entwines story threads of whaling and the growth of the new nation. Read full book review >

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Released: March 28, 1989

Former diplomat and journalist Sheehan caused a flap with The Arabs, Israelis and Kissinger (1976); his current account of a year's travel through war-town Central America is equally outspoken, but more personal—one of the best of a spate of recent books on the region. Read full book review >

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INNOCENT DARKNESS by Edward R.F. Sheehan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

Journalist Sheehan wrote eloquent nonfiction about Central American upheaval (Agony in the Garden, 1989); here, however, his North American protagonist clumsily penetrates Mexico's heart of darkness in a heavily strained and racially regressive allegory. Read full book review >

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JANE FOSTER'S 123 by Jane Foster
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2015

"A fetching and effective introduction to the world of numbers. (Board book. 3 mos.-2)"
A simple and stylish counting book. Read full book review >