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15. Enigmas of Sacrifice; A Critique of Joseph M. Plunkett and the Dublin Insurrection of 1916. East Lancing: Michigan State University Press, 2016. 400pp.  [ISBN 978 1 61186 191 4] To be published January 2016.

14. Northman. John Hewitt (1907-1987), an Irish Writer, His World and His Times. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. xx, 294pp.  [ISBN 978 0 19 873982 1]

13. Dublin 1916, the French Connection. Dublin Gill and Macmillan, 2012. pp. 256. [ISBN  –978  – 07171 5412 – 8]

12. ‘We Irish’ in Europe; Yeats, Berkeley and Joseph Hone. Dublin: UCD Press, 2010. 212pp. [ISBN – 978 – 1 – 906359 – 43 – 0]

11. Blood Kindred; W. B. Yeats, the Life, the Death, the Politics. London: Pimlico, 2005. 482pp. [ISBN –  0 – 780712 – 665148].

10. The Silence of Barbara Synge. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2003. 304pp. [ISBN – 0 – 7190 – 6278 – 0].

9. Roger Casement in Death; Or, Haunting the Free State. Dublin: University College Dublin Press, 2002. 240pp. [ISBN –  1 – 900621 – 78 – 2].

8. Fool of the Family: A Life of J. M. Synge. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2000. 500pp.  [ISBN – 0 – 297 – 64612 – 5].

1c. Sheridan Le Fanu. Stroud: Alan Sutton, 1997. 324pp., illus. (A reprint, with minimal additions, of item 1 below.)

7. The Pamphlet Debate on the Union Between Great Britain and Ireland 1797 to 1800. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1996. 126pp. [ISBN 0 – 71652568 – 2]

6. From Burke to Beckett; Ascendancy, Tradition and Betrayal in Literary History. Cork: Cork University Press, 1994. 470pp. [ISBN 0 902561 94 4]

5. The Dublin Paper War of 1786-1788; a Bibliographical and Critical Inquiry. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1993. 168pp. [ISBN 0 – 7165 – 2505 – 4]

4. Dissolute Characters; Irish Literary History through Balzac, Le Fanu, Yeats and Bowen. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1993, 256pp. [ISBN – 0 7190 3962 2]   Reissued in paperback 2011.

1b. Sheridan Le Fanu and Victorian Ireland (2nd expanded ed.). Dublin: Lilliput Press, 1991. 324pp. [ISBN 0 – 946640 – 69 – 6]

3. The Battle of the Books; Two Decades of Irish Cultural Debate. Mullingar: Lilliput Press, 1986. 96pp. [ISBN 0 – 946640 – 13 – 0]

2. Ascendancy and Tradition in Anglo-Irish Literary History from 1789 to 1939. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1985. 424pp. [ISBN 0 19 812806 1]

1a. Sheridan Le Fanu and Victorian Ireland. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1980, 310pp. illus. [ISBN 0 19 812629 8].



(Founding co-general editor of) The Works of Maria Edgeworth (general editors, Marilyn Butler and Mitzi Myers). London: Pickering and Chatto, 1999 onwards. [ISBN -1851961860].

(General Editor)The Blackwell Companion to Modern Irish Culture. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1998. 686pp. [ISBN 0631165258].

In the Prison of his Days; a Miscellany for Nelson Mandela on his Seventieth Birthday. Dublin: Lilliput Press, 1988, 96pp.

(as a team member) ‘The Dublin University Magazine 1833-1877′ [attributions] in Walter E. Houghton (ed.) The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals 1824-1900. Toronto: University of Toronto Press,1987. vol 4 pp. 193-363.

(with A. J. Stead) James Joyce and Modern Literature. London: Routledge, 1982. 222pp. (A new edition is to be published by Taylor and Francis late 2015.)

A Festschrift for Francis Stuart on his Seventieth Birthday. Dublin: Dolmen Press, 1972. 64pp.



Michael Davitt, by John Devoy, , (ed. with Carla King, from The Gaelic American). Dublin: University College Dublin Press, 2008. 168pp. [ISSN 1904 558739]

Memories of West Wicklow 1813-1939, by William Hanbidge and Mary Hanbidge. Dublin: University College Dublin Press, 2005. 110pp. [ISSN 1393 6883]

Ferocious Humanism: An Anthology of Irish Poetry from Before Swift to Yeats and After. London: Dent; New York: New York University Press, 2000. 356pp. [ISBN 0 – 460 87675 – 9]

Phineas Finn*, by Anthony Trollope. London: Everyman, 1997. [ISBN 0 460 874977]

La Vendée, by Anthony Trollope. Oxford: Worlds Classics, 1994.

The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (Gen. Ed., Seamus Deane) London: Faber, 1991. – vol 1 pp. 1011-1052 (‘Maria Edgeworth’); pp. 1070-1172 (‘Language, Class and Genre 1780-1830′); pp. 1173-1300 (‘The Intellectual Revival of the 1830s and ’40s’); – vol 2 pp. 831-949 (‘Irish Gothicism, its Finer Legacy, 1820-1945′).

Selected Poems of Austin Clarke (with corrections), London: Penguin, 1992. 280pp.

Selected Poems of Austin Clarke, Dublin: Lilliput Press; Winston-Salem (N. Carolina): Wake Forest University Press, 1991, 280pp.

Ormond*, by Maria Edgeworth. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 1990.

In a Glass Darkly*, by Sheridan Le Fanu. Dublin, Gill & Macmillan, 1990.

Memoirs of a Wild Goose, by Charles Bewley. Dublin: Lilliput Press, 1989.

The Absentee, by Maria Edgeworth. Oxford: World’s Classics, 1988. (With Kim Walker).

Borrhomeo the Astrologer, by Sheridan Le Fanu. Edinburgh: Tragara Press, 1985.

The Eustace Diamonds, by Anthony Trollope. Oxford: World’s Classics, 1983.

The Kellys and the O’Kellys, by Anthony Trollope, Oxford, World’s Classics, 1982. (Introduction by William Trevor). [ISBN 0 19 281577 6]

Uncle Silas, by Sheridan Le Fanu. Oxford: World’s Classics, 1981. [ISBN 0 -19 281541 – 5]



72. What is a Forgery or a Catalyst? The So-called ‘Castle Document’ of Holy Week, 1916. [In] Lisa Godson and Joanna Brück (eds.) Making 1916. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2015. pp. 57-69.

71. George Moore (1852-1933), the Fictions of a Wild Goose. [In] Gerard Moran and Nollaig O Muraíle (eds.), Mayo; History and Society; Interdisciplinary Essays on the History of an Irish County. Dublin: Geography Publications, 2014. pp. 483-504.

70. ‘Whom We Name Not’; The House by the Churchyard and its Annotation. [In] Irish Gothics; Genres, Forms, Modes and Traditions 1760-1890. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. pp. 147-167.

69. The Irish Banning of Elie Cohen’s Human Behaviour in the Concentration Camp (1954) Book History (2013) vol 16 pp. 318-328.

69. Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France, a Modified Codicological Approach [In] Magdalena Kozluk (ed), Le Cabinet de curieux; culture, savoirs, religion de l’antiquité à ancient régime. Paris: Garnier, 2013. pp. 279-288.

67. ‘Lycidas’ (1637) and Timely Reading; Some Observations on John Milton and Histories of Ireland (1633). [In] Helen Cooney and Mark S. Sweetnam (eds.), Enigma and Revelation in Renaissance English Literature; Essays Presented to Eiléan ní Chuilleanáin. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2012. pp. 199-215.

66. Church, State, Childhood and Youth 1865-1885. [In] David Holdeman and Ben Levitas (eds), W. B. Yeats in Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. pp. 15-24.

65. Universal Language (1641) to Universal War (1814); a Reading of Maria Edgeworth’s Patronage.  [In] Danielle Westerhof (ed.), The Alchemy of Medicine and Print; The Edward Worth Library, Dublin. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2010. pp. 89-109.

64. Oliver Goldsmith’s Deserted Village (1770) and Retrospective Localism. [In] Martin Morris and Fergus O’Ferrall (eds.), Longford, History and Society; Interdisciplinary Essays on the History of an Irish County Dublin: Geography Publications, 2010. pp. 259-281.

63. Some Commercial and Other Sources for the Edward Worth Library (1733). [In] Gillian O’Brien and Finola O’Kane (eds.), Georgian Dublin. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2008. pp. 165-174.

62. Robert Emmet and Roger Casement. [In] Anne Dolan, Patrick Geoghegan, and Darryl Jones (eds.), Reinterpreting Robert Emmet; Essays on the Life and Legacy of Robert Emmet. Dublin: University College Dublin Press, 2007. pp. 219-226.

62. Edmund Burke, Yeats and Leo Frobenius: ‘The State a Tree’? [In] Sean Patrick Donlan (ed.), Edmund Burke’s Irish Identities. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2007. pp. 226-262.

61. Yeats’s Politics Since 1943: Approaches and Reproaches. [In] Yearbook of English Studies (2005) vol 35 pp. 131-145.

60. Reflections on Writing and Editing with Reference to National Archives (UK), CO 904/1-3 & HO 161/1-5. [In] Charles Benson and Siobhán Fitzpatrick (eds.), That Woman! Studies in Irish Bibliography; a Festschrift for Mary ‘Paul’ Pollard. Dublin: Lilliput Press for the Library Association of Ireland, 2005.  pp. 258-285.

59. Edgeworth, Maria; Le Fanu, Joseph Thomas Sheridan; Croker, Thomas Crofton. [3 articles in] Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.

58. Notes from the Borderland   [In] Adrian Frazer (ed), Playboys of the Western World. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2004. pp. 144-160.

57. Laughter and After. Introduction to Bernard Shaw, Plays Pleasant. London: Penguin, 2003.  pp. vii-xiv.

56. Never Give All the Heart. Introduction to Oliver MacDonagh, Ireland: the Union and its Aftermath (2nd ed.) Dublin: University College Press, 2003. pp. vii-xvii.

55. Dr W. J. Maloney, MC, of Edinburgh, Gallipoli and New York. [In] Davis Coakley and Mary O’Doherty (eds.), Borderlands: Essays in Literature and Medicine in Honour of JB Lyons. Dublin: Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, 2002. pp. 44-59.

54. Some Versions of Progress Under the Union, With Special Reference to Robert Owen in the 1820s. [In] Bruce Stewart (ed.), Hearts and Minds: Irish Culture and Society under the Act of Union. Gerrards Cross: Smythe, 2002. pp. 90-97.

53. Haunted Realism: Beckett Through Fontane. [In] Patricia Howe and Helen Chambers (eds), Theodor Fontane and the European Context. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2001. pp. 181-196.

52. John Millington Synge (1871-1909): ‘The Well of the Saints': Synge and De-Sacralization. [In] Janis & Richard Londraville (eds.) John Quinn: Selected Irish Writers from his Library. West Cornwall, CT: Locust Hill Press, 2001. pp. 307-323.

51. Joseph O’Neill (1886-1953): The Kingdom-Maker and its Author. [In] Janis & Richard Londraville (eds.) John Quinn: Selected Irish Writers from his Library. West Cornwall, CT: Locust Hill Press, 2001. pp. 271-281.

50. Le Fanu, Joseph Sheridan – The Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature (third edition, ed. Joanne Shattock). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

49. Between Burke and the Union: Reflections on PRO: CO 904/2. [In] John Whale (ed.),  Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1999. pp. 60- 93.

48. Introduction [In] The Irish Parliamentary Register, 1782-1797. [Fascimile reprint] Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 1999. 17 vols (see vol 1 pp v-xi). [ISBN 1 85506 637 8]

47. Wilde and Parnell. [In] Jerusha Mc Cormack (ed) Wilde the Irishman. New Haven, London: Yale University Press, 1998. pp. 95-102.

46. Irish Gothic. [In] Marie Mulvey-Roberts (ed.) The Handbook to Gothic Literature. London: Macmillan, 1998. pp. 135-137.

45. J. Sheridan Le Fanu. [In] Marie Mulvey-Roberts (ed.) The Handbook to Gothic Literature. London: Macmillan, 1998. pp. 145-146.

44. ‘Fallings from us, vanishings …Or, How I Didn’t Get to Where I am Today; an Inaugural Lecture Given. . . 18 March 1997. London: Goldsmiths College, 1999. 18pp. (ISBN 0 – 902 – 986 – 34 -1]

43. The ‘Plymouth’ Brethren? Prologomena to the Re-writing of J. M. Synge’s Biography. [In] ‘The Endless Knot: Literature and Religion in Ireland’ (a special issue of Religion and Literature, vol 28 nos 2-3, summer-autumn 1996) pp. 83-96.

42. ‘Never Put Your Name to an Anonymous Letter': Serial Reading in The Dublin University Magazine, 1861 to 1869. [In]The Year Book of English Studies vol 26 (1996) pp. 100-115.

41. Convergent Criticism; The ‘Biographia Literaria’ of Vivian Mercier and the State of Irish Literary History. Bullán (Oxford) vol 2 no. 1 (Summer 1995) pp.79-100.

40. Austin Clarke: The Poet as Scapegoat of Modernism. [In] Patricia Coughlan and Alex Davis (eds.) Modernism and Ireland: the Poetry of the 1930s. Cork: Cork University Press, 1995. pp. 75-102.

39. Lecky, Mark Twain, and Literary History. [Appendix to] Donal McCartney, W. E. H. Lecky; Historian and Politician. Dublin: Lilliput Press, 1994. pp 195-207.

38. (with N. F. Lowe) Jonathan Swift as Publisher of Sir William Temple’s Correspondence. [In] Swift Studies vol 8 (1993) pp. 45-57.

37. Edmund Burke, his Image in Painting and Literature [and also] Men of the West [Douglas Hyde, J. M. Synge, and Mairtín Ó Cadhain] [In] Treasures of the Mind (ed. David Scott), London: Sothebys, 1992.pp. 119-125, 127-134.

36. Samuel Beckett and the Negro Anthology. [In] Hermathena (September 1992) pp. 73-92.

35. In Piam Memoriam Agnes Nemes Nagy (1922-1991), with two poems translated by Hugh Maxton. New Hungarian Quarterly. No. 124 (Winter 1991), pp. 23-30.

34. The Tedium of History: an Approach to Maria Edgeworth’s Patronage. [In] Ciaran Brady (ed.) Ideology and the Historians; Papers Read to the 19th Irish Conference of Historians. Dublin: Lilliput Press, 1991, pp. 77-98.

33. Ideology and Setting, with Special Reference to the Fiction of Maria Edgeworth. [In] Otto Rauchbauer (ed.) Ancestral Voices: The Big House in Anglo-Irish Literature. Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlag, 1991. pp. 33-60.

32. Seamus Heaney and the Business of Culture, Text and Context (1990) pp. 23-33.

31. Flavius Arrianus in Maria Edgeworth’s Patronage, a Case of Nominalist Allusion, Historical and Literary Review (Dublin) no. 1 (1991) pp. 1-4.

30. Eighteenth-century Protestant Ascendancy; Yeats and the Historians, Eighteenth-Century Ireland vol 4 (1989) pp. 159-181.

29. French Revolution. . . Anglo-Irish Literature. . . Beginnings? The Case of Maria Edgeworth. [In] Hugh Gough and David Dickson (eds.) Ireland and the French Revolution, Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1990, pp. 229-243.

28. James Joyce, Cliché, and the Irish Language. [In] Bernard Benstock (ed.) James Joyce; the Augmented Ninth; Proceedings of the Ninth James Joyce Symposium. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1989. pp. 323-336.

27. Isaac Butt and the Inner Failure of Protestant Home Rule. [In] Ciaran Brady (ed.) Worsted in the Game; Losers in Irish History. Dublin: Lilliput Press, 1989, pp. 121-131.

26. Yeats and Modernisation. Linen Hall Review, vol 5 no. 4 (1988) pp. 4-7.

25. Finnegans Wake and Irish Literary History. [In] Joris Duytschaever and Geert Lernout (eds.) History and Violence in Anglo-Irish Literature, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1988, pp. 111-135.

24. Thomas Orde and Some Dublin Printing Jobs, 1787. Long Room no 33 (1988) pp. 17-19.

23. Vision and Revision in the Study of Eighteenth-Century Irish Parliamentary Rhetoric. Eighteenth-Century Ireland vol 2 (1987) pp. 7-37.

22. Seeing Darkly: Notes on T. W. Adorno and Samuel Beckett. Hermathena no 141 (1986) pp. 22-44.

21. On Gulliver’s Travels. [In] Jeremy Hawthorn (ed.) Narrative from Malory to Motion Pictures, London: Edward Arnold, 1985, pp. 70-84.

20. ‘The Protestant Strain'; Or, a Short History of Anglo-Irish Literature from Coleridge to Thomas Mann. [In] Gerard Dawe and Edna Longley (eds.) Across a Roaring Hill; Essays in Honour of John Hewitt, Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 1985, pp. 48-78.

19. Goldsmith, Biography, and the Phenomenology of Anglo-Irish Literature. [In] Andrew Swarbrick (ed.) The Art of Oliver Goldsmith, London: Vision Press, 1984, pp. 168-194.

18. Sean O’Casey’s Unpublished Correspondence with Raissa Lomonosova, 1925-26. Irish Slavonic Studies, no 5 (1984) pp 181-191. (With R. Davies).

17. Sons and Fathers: W. B. Yeats and a Problem in Modernism. [In] U. Dutta (ed.) Unageing Intellect: Essays on W. B. Yeats, Delhi: Doaba House, 1983, pp.14-29.

16. The Genesis of Protestant Ascendancy. [In] Francis Barker et al (eds.) 1789: Reading, Writing, Revolution. Chelmsford: University of Essex Press, 1980. pp. 302-323.

15. James Joyce’s ‘Eveline’ and a Problem in Modernism. [In] Dorothea Siegmund Schultze (ed.) Irland:  Gesellschaft und Kultur III. Halle: MartinLuther-Universitat, 1982. pp. 252-264.

14. Yeats’s ‘Purgatory': a Play and a Tradition. Crane Bag vol 3 no 2 (1979) pp. 33-44.

13. Yeats and a New Tradition. Crane Bag vol 3 no 1 (1978) pp. 30-40. {Reprinted in David Pierce (ed) WB Yeats: Critical Assessments. Mountfield: Helm, 2000. vol 3 pp. 496-510.}

12. J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s ‘Richard Marston’ (1848): the History of an Anglo-Irish Text. [In] Francis Barker et. al. eds.) 1848: the Sociology of Literature. Colchester: University of Essex, 1978. pp. 107-125.

11. Francis Stuart, the Recent Fiction. [In] Patrick Rafroidi and Terence Brown (eds.) The Irish Novel in Our Time, Lille: Universite de Lille, 1976, pp. 175183.

10.    ‘Flaggers’ in Maria Edgeworth’s Absentee. Notes and Queries (n.s.) vol 23 no 10 (October 1976) p. 453.

9.   A Manuscript Letter from Michael Banim. Hermathena no 117 (1974) pp. 37-38.

8, Sylvester O’Halloran and Maria Edgeworth’s Absentee. Long Room no 9 (1974) p. 41.

7. The Absentee and Maria Edgeworth’s Notion of Didactic Fiction. Atlantis no 5 (1973) pp. 123-135.

6. J. S. Le Fanu: Letters to William Blackwood and John Forster. Long Room no. 8 (1973) pp. 29-36.

5. Swedenborgianism as Structure in Le Fanu’s Uncle Silas. Long Room no 6 (1972) pp. 23-29.

4. Straight Lines Becoming Circles; the Poetry of Seamus Heaney and Derek Mahon. Acorn no. 17 (1972) pp. 29-33, 39-43.

3. Mairtín Ó Cadhain as Folklorist: a Bibliographical Note. Hermathena no 113 (1972) pp. 35-39.

2. Francis Stuart, a Checklist and Commentary. Long Room no 3 (1971) pp. 38-49

1. A Preliminary Checklist of the Separate Publications of Mairtin O Cadhain. Long Room no 2 (1970) pp. 7-9.