Further information on Spring 2018 courses

 

Jim McDonnell: The Stories of Frank O’Connor

 

Course text

The Best of Frank O’Connor, edited by Julian Barnes (Knopf: Everyman’s Library, 2009) available for between $8 (used) and $24 (new).

Course packet of duplicated materials $3, included in $53 course fee (tuition $50 + packet $3).  Packet will be distributed at first class meeting.

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Expanded description

This is what Harold Macmillan, British prime minster, Frank O’Connor’s publisher and personal friend, wrote on the occasion of his death:

Frank O’Connor had two names and lived a life of many facets. Yet everything he did, however unexpected or even contradictory it might seem, was informed by the same single-minded and passionate integrity. The young Irish rebel and the mature war-time friend of Britain, the eccentric librarian, the enthusiastic man of the theatre and the meticulous self-taught scholar, the sonorous translator of Irish poetry and the superlative short-story writer, the inspiring public lecturer and the dogged master of the seminar – all were unquestionably the same unique and original man.

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Provisional class topics

Class 1. A LIFE THAT REFLECTED THAT OF HIS COUNTRY

    Guests of the Nation, The Genius, & Selections from An Only Child

Class 2. STORIES OF CHILDHOOD
    
My Oedipus Complex, First Confession, The Study of History, The Babes in the Wood

Class 3. LOVE STORIES
    
The Bridal Night, *The Holy Door, Darcy in the Land of Youth

Class 4. FAMILIES

    Uprooted, The Luceys, The Mad Lomasneys, *My First Protestant

Class 5. PRIESTS

    News for the Church, The Frying Pan, The Mass Island

Class 6. OLD PEOPLE, OLD WAYS
    In the Train, The Long Road to Ummera, The Majesty of the Law

Class 7. EXILES
    Michael’s Wife, The American Wife, *Ghosts

Class 8. TRANSLATIONS
    *The Midnight Court, *Lament for Art O’Leary, Kilcash

 

*In course packet