New book on George Moore to be launched

GEORGE MOORE, the Irish novelist and man of letters, and an influence on Virginia Woolf and James Joyce, is the subject of a new book of essays.

George Moore: Dublin, Paris, Hollywood, edited by Adrian Frazier and Conor Montague, and published by the Irish Academic Press, will be launched at the Moore Institute, NUI Galway on Wednesday November 28 at 5pm.

George Moore (1852-1933 ), the author of Confessions of a Young Man and Hail and Farewell, was an Irish Catholic absentee landlord, self-educated in the Parisian cafe culture of the 1870s, friend to the Impressionists, disciple to Zola, preacher for literary naturalism, self-proclaimed messiah to the Irish revival, and revelatory satirist. He is regarded by many as the first great modern Irish novelist.

Moore was a Mayoman but had connections to Galway. He often stayed at Tullyra Castle, near Ardrahan, the home of his cousin Edward Martyn, and was a regular guest of Lady Gregory at Coole Park.

George Moore: Dublin, Paris, Hollywood provides a taste of what Moore has to offer the modern reader, and features contributions from Galway activist and film maker Margaretta D’Arcy and Hollywood actoress Glenn Close.

The book will be launched by Head of English at NUIG, Prof Sean Ryder, and director of the Irish Landed Estates Project, Prof Gearoid Ó Tuathaigh. This event is open to the public and admission is free. Copies are also on sale at Charlie Byrne’s.

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