The Greatest Irish, Multiple "Nonfiction" Books Since 1900

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  1. 1. Autobiographies by William Butler Yeats

    This book is a collection of autobiographical essays by a renowned Irish poet and playwright, reflecting on his personal and professional life. It provides a deep insight into his early life, family, influences, and the evolution of his poetic and dramatic works. The author also gives a vivid account of the Irish literary scene and the cultural and political climate of his time, including his involvement in the Irish National Theatre and the Irish Literary Society.

  2. 2. Borstal Boy by Brendan Behan

    "Borstal Boy" is a semi-autobiographical novel that depicts the author's experiences in a British juvenile detention center, or borstal, during World War II. The young protagonist is arrested in Liverpool for his involvement with the Irish Republican Army and is sent to borstal where he spends his formative years. The narrative explores themes of patriotism, identity, and the complexities of adolescence, presenting a raw and compelling portrayal of life in detention and the relationships formed there.

  3. 3. Memories And Commentaries by Igor Stravinsky

    "Memories and Commentaries" is a reflective work that offers a window into the mind of one of the 20th century's most influential composers. Through a series of personal recollections and insights, the book delves into the author's artistic journey, his relationships with other prominent figures in the world of music and art, and his philosophical musings on the nature of creativity. The narrative weaves together anecdotes from the composer's life, discussions on his own compositions and musical techniques, as well as his opinions on the works of his contemporaries, providing readers with an intimate portrait of a man whose legacy continues to shape the landscape of classical music.

  4. 4. Six Studies In Communism by Arthur Koestler, Richard Crossman

    This book is a compilation of six essays that delve into the ideological and practical facets of communism. Each study examines different aspects of communist theory and practice, from its origins and evolution to its implementation in various countries. The authors critically analyze the successes and failures of communist systems, exploring the impact on societies that have adopted these principles. The essays also consider the psychological and sociological effects of living under communist regimes, providing a multifaceted perspective on one of the most influential political ideologies of the 20th century.

  5. 5. The World Of Economics by John Eatwell, Murray Milgate, Peter Newman

    "The World of Economics" is a comprehensive reference book that serves as an essential guide to the field of economics, offering a wide-ranging compilation of entries penned by an international group of economists and scholars. The work covers key concepts, theories, and figures that have shaped economic thought, providing readers with a deep understanding of both historical and contemporary economic issues. Its encyclopedic format presents a wealth of information on various topics, including economic policy, market structures, and foundational principles, making it a valuable resource for students, professionals, and anyone interested in the complexities of how economies function and evolve.

  6. 6. For Those I Loved by Martin Gray

    The book is a harrowing memoir of survival and resilience, chronicling the author's experiences during the Holocaust. As a young Jewish boy in Poland, he witnesses the brutal murder of his family by the Nazis and endures the horrors of the Warsaw Ghetto and Treblinka extermination camp. Against all odds, he manages to escape and join the resistance, fighting for freedom and justice. After the war, he rebuilds his life, only to face tragedy again when his wife and children are killed in a fire. The narrative is a testament to the human spirit's capacity to endure and find meaning in the face of unimaginable suffering.

  7. 7. Selected Stories by William Trevor

    "Selected Stories" is a collection of short stories by acclaimed author William Trevor. The book features some of Trevor's most memorable and haunting tales, exploring themes of love, loss, and the complexities of human relationships. With his signature style of understated elegance and quiet, observant prose, Trevor creates characters that are both ordinary and extraordinary, capturing the subtle nuances of their lives and the emotions that drive them. From the Irish countryside to London's bustling streets, these stories offer a glimpse into the human experience and the ways in which we navigate the world around us.

  8. 8. Major Critical Essays by George Bernard Shaw

    This collection of essays showcases the author's incisive wit and profound critical thinking as he delves into a variety of subjects, ranging from the intricacies of Shakespearean drama to the social responsibilities of the artist. The author's articulate and often controversial opinions challenge the status quo and provoke readers to reconsider their preconceptions about literature, theater, and society. His essays are celebrated for their intellectual rigor, humor, and the author's unwavering commitment to social reform, making them an enduring contribution to literary criticism and cultural discourse.

  9. 9. Essays Of Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde

    This collection of essays showcases the sharp wit and insightful social commentary of one of the most celebrated writers of the late 19th century. The essays span a range of topics, from art and aesthetics to criticism and personal reflections, all delivered with the author's distinctive blend of eloquence and irony. The author's keen observations on Victorian society, his exploration of beauty and its relation to life, and his thoughts on the role of the artist make this compilation a treasure trove for readers interested in literature, philosophy, and the enduring complexities of human nature.

  10. 10. A Vision by William Butler Yeats

    The book in question is an esoteric exploration of the cyclical nature of history, art, and the human experience, as seen through the lens of the author's unique system of symbolism and mysticism. Drawing upon a wide array of influences, including the occult, astrology, and the author's own imaginative faculties, it presents a complex framework for understanding the interplay of personal and universal forces. The work is divided into sections that delve into philosophical and poetic discussions, offering a vision of reality that is structured around the phases of the moon and characterized by a series of gyres or spirals, representing the evolution and involution of the soul, history, and civilization.

  11. 11. A Fanatic Heart by Edna O'Brien

    "A Fanatic Heart" is a collection of short stories that delve into the complexities of human emotions and relationships, often set against the backdrop of Ireland's lush landscapes and social upheavals. The narratives explore themes of love, betrayal, and the struggles of the human spirit through a variety of characters, from young girls to aging men, each grappling with their own desires, regrets, and search for meaning. The author's lyrical prose and keen insight into the intricacies of the heart and society weave together tales that are both poignant and revealing, offering a window into the soul of her characters and the cultural tensions of the time.

  12. 12. Reminiscences Of Tolstoy, Chekhov, And Andreev by Maksim Gorky

    This book is a collection of personal memories and impressions by a prominent Russian author who had the opportunity to interact closely with three of the most illustrious literary figures of his time. Through a series of vivid anecdotes and reflective observations, the author offers intimate insights into the personalities, philosophies, and daily lives of these great writers. His narrative not only sheds light on their creative processes and the milieu in which they worked but also humanizes these larger-than-life figures, revealing their quirks, their passions, and their interactions with the world around them. The work stands as a significant historical document, capturing the essence of an era in Russian literature and the enduring spirits of its most celebrated contributors.

  13. 13. Four Agreements : A Calendar For Wisdom And Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz

    The book presents a framework for personal growth and freedom based on four fundamental principles that encourage individuals to live with integrity, love, and happiness. These agreements are: to be impeccable with your word, to not take anything personally, to not make assumptions, and to always do your best. By adopting these agreements, the book suggests that one can break free from limiting beliefs that create suffering and instead, lead a life filled with peace, grace, and empowerment. The author draws upon ancient Toltec wisdom to offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

  14. 14. We Don’t Know Ourselves by Fintan O'Toole

    "We Don't Know Ourselves" by Fintan O'Toole is a collection of essays that explores the current state of Ireland and its people. O'Toole argues that Ireland's sense of identity has been shaped by its history of colonization and the struggle for independence, but that this identity is now being challenged by globalization and the changing social and economic landscape. He examines issues such as immigration, the Catholic Church's declining influence, and the rise of nationalism, and ultimately argues that Ireland needs to embrace a new sense of identity that is inclusive and forward-thinking.

  15. 15. The Complete Letters Of Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde

    This compilation is an exhaustive collection of correspondence penned by one of the most celebrated writers of the Victorian era, known for his wit, eloquence, and flamboyant style. The letters provide an intimate glimpse into the author's life, covering his rise to fame, his relationships, his trials, and his time in prison. They reveal his personal thoughts on art, literature, society, and his own creative process. The collection is not only a treasure trove for literary enthusiasts and scholars but also a poignant, revealing portrait of a complex man who was a central figure in the aesthetic movement of the late 19th century.

  16. 16. Full Tilt by Dervla Murphy

    "Full Tilt" is a captivating travelogue that documents the author's adventurous bicycle journey from Ireland to India. The journey is filled with diverse landscapes, cultures, and people, as well as several challenges, including harsh weather conditions, illness, and political unrest. The author's resilience, determination, and passion for exploration are evident throughout the book, providing an inspiring and insightful perspective on solo travel and self-discovery.

  17. 17. The Diary Of Anne Frank by Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich

    The book is a dramatic adaptation of the original diary written by a young Jewish girl who, along with her family and others, went into hiding during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. Over the course of two years, she records her thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a secret annex of an Amsterdam building. The diary poignantly captures the realities of living in constant fear of discovery, while also detailing the personal growth, aspirations, and everyday life of a teenager in extraordinary circumstances. The narrative ends abruptly when the group is betrayed and sent to concentration camps, with the girl's father being the only survivor. The diary's posthumous publication offers a deeply personal insight into the horrors of the Holocaust and the indomitable spirit of its young author.

  18. 18. This Bridge Called My Back by Multiple Writers

    This seminal anthology gathers an influential collection of essays, poetry, and personal narratives by women of color, offering a powerful exploration of the intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality. It addresses the challenges of feminism within the context of systemic oppression, amplifying voices often marginalized within the feminist movement. The book is a call to action, urging solidarity and activism, while providing a platform for the diverse experiences and perspectives of women of color, and highlighting the importance of an inclusive and equitable feminist discourse.

  19. 19. Gorgias/Gorgias : The Sicilian Orator And The Platonic Dialogue by Coleen P. Zoller, Jurgen R. Gatt, S. Montgomery Ewegen

    This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the Platonic dialogue centered on the figure of Gorgias, a renowned Sicilian orator and sophist. It delves into the philosophical conversations between Socrates and Gorgias, along with other interlocutors, exploring themes such as rhetoric, justice, and the nature of the good life. The text examines the intricacies of Socratic dialectic and the contrast between philosophical inquiry and the art of persuasion practiced by sophists. Through this exploration, the book sheds light on the enduring questions about the relationship between power, knowledge, and ethics in the context of human discourse and action.

  20. 20. Under the Eye of the Clock by Christopher Nolan

    This novel is a semi-autobiographical account of a young man with cerebral palsy who uses his intelligence and determination to overcome his physical disability. Despite being unable to speak or move without assistance, the protagonist excels academically, eventually earning a place at a prestigious university. The book is a testament to the power of the human spirit and the potential within us all to rise above our limitations.

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