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The essential library for Irish Americans
Llywelyn, Morgan.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Forge, 1999.
Physical Description:
320 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."

Includes index.
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DA906 .L55 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Llywelyn, a heroine to many Irish-Americans, tells what books give the best insight on Ireland and Irish heritage in this instructive, opinionated, annotated list.

Author Notes

Author and historian Morgan Llywelyn was born in New York City to Irish parents. As a teenager, she moved to Texas and by the age of sixteen was showing horses at championship levels throughout the United States. She made the shortlist for the United States Olympic Team in Dressage in 1976, but did not make the team. She also modeled for Neiman-Marcus and was a dance instructor for Arthur Murray.

She writes historical novels that deal with her Celtic roots and is recognized as an expert in early Irish history and folklore. Her first novel was The Wind from Hastings, but she is better known for her second novel Lion of Ireland: The Legend of Brian Boru, which was published in 1980 and has never been out of print. In 1990, she started writing for children and young adults. She won the 1991 Irish Children's Book Trust Bisto Award for Brian Boru and the 1993 Bisto Award in the Historical Fiction category and the 1993 Reading Association of Ireland Award for Strongbow: The Story of Richard and Aoife. She also writes short stories and has co-authored two fantasy novels with Michael Scott. She currently lives in Ireland.

(Bowker Author Biography) Morgan Llywelyn is the bestselling author of Lion of Ireland, Brian Boru: Emperor of the Irish, 1916, and Druids. She lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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Library Journal Review

American-born Irish historical novelist Llywelyn (1916, LJ 2/15/98) has compiled an annotated bibliography of works she feels anyone interested in Irish studies ought to read. Descriptions are provided for titles in categories including biography, history, folklore, novels, and poetry. Many works are recent publications, such as Thomas Cahill's How the Irish Saved Civilization (LJ 3/15/95), but standard Irish classics are well represented, e.g., Sean O'Casey's Autobiographies, J.M. Synge's Aran Islands, and Cecil Woodham-Smith's The Great Hunger. Novelists include James Joyce, Walter Macken, James Plunkett, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, and Maeve Binchy; poets include Seamus Heaney, John Montague, and W.B. Yeats. As with similar "must read" lists, one can argue for the inclusion of other works, but this compilation is one person's opinion. One notable omission, however, is any collection of short stories. Nonetheless, Llywelyn provides the basis for a solid grounding in Irish studies. Recommended for public and academic libraries.√ĄDenise J. Stankovics, Rockville P.L., Vernon, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.