Online access to this book is only available to eligible users.
Download Full Text (8.1 MB)
Winner of the American Conference for Irish Studies Prize for Literary Criticism
The Irish Voice in America surveys the fiction written by the Irish in America over the past two hundred and fifty years. For this second edition, Fanning has added a chapter that covers the fiction of the past decade. He argues that contemporary writers continue to draw on Ireland as a source and are important chroniclers of the modern American experience.
Fanning's admirable work is a welcome addition to ethnic studies…. His material is revealing, his insights are informed, his scholarship points to possibilities. -- American Literature
A vastly impressive survey of Irish American fiction ranging from the 1760s broadsides of Lawrence Sweeney down all the years to Alice McDermott’s novel Charming Billy (1998). -- American Literature
A book indispensable to anyone pursuing the Irish-American genre. -- Boston Irish Reporter
The most important book yet published in Irish-American studies…. A magnificent blend of long and diligent research, excellent organization, careful though and judgment, and beautiful writing. -- Lawrence J. McCaffrey, Irish Literary Supplement
An accessible yet erudite, largely even-handed, extraordinarily well-written study. -- MELUS
Fanning is best at analyzing the combination of passion and reticence that seems to be characteristically Irish. -- Philadelphia Inquirer
The University Press of Kentucky
Place of Publication
American fiction, Irish-American authors, Irish Americans in literature
Literature in English, North America
Fanning, Charles, "The Irish Voice in America: 250 Years of Irish-American Fiction" (1990). Literature in English, North America. 5.