19 June 1980
Show More Sacred Keeper by Peter Kavanagh.
Goldsmith Press, 403 pp., £4.40, May 1979, 0 904984 48 6Show More
Dead as Doornails by Anthony Cronin.
Poolbeg Press, 201 pp., £1.75, May 1980, 9780905169316Show More
The Macmillan Dictionary of Irish Literature edited by Robert Hogan.
Macmillan, 815 pp., £2, February 1980, 0 333 27085 1Show More
“... My acceptance of an offer to review the Kavanagh book landed me in a mess of puzzles. Peter Kavanagh, the poet’s brother, starts straight off, sentence one, by announcing: ‘When I write about Patrick Kavanagh I write as a partisan, as his alter ego, almost as his evangelist.’ And if you think that’s a dubious basis for a biography, what about this? As far as possible I shall avoid writing of him as a brother since my interest in him was mainly as a poet ...”