The Church and Its Spire

John McGahern and the Catholic Question

Eamon Maher

An important study of the paradoxes surrounding John McGahern's relationship with the Catholic Church.
Date Published :
July 2013
Publisher :
Columba Books
Contributor(s) :
Fintan O'Toole
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781856077286
Pages : 218
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order


John McGahern is one of the most important literary figures in 20th century Ireland. This book explores the paradoxical relationship that McGahern, the author of such works as The Barracks and Amongst Women, had with the Catholic Church. On one hand he had deep respect for the faith of his beloved mother, and on the other he resented the repressive and intolerant aspects of the institution. "His Study can be recommended wholeheartedly."--Irish Literary Supplement "Maher thoroughly documents the recurring themes in McGahern's work."-Library Journal "In his writing, McGahern wrote his way away from his father to his mother as he wrote his way from the fortress churches to the spires. In his very important contribution to McGahern studies, Eamon Maher has walked us there as well."-Irish Literary Supplement Fall 2012

About The Author

FINTAN O'TOOLE is an Irish columnist, drama critic and literary editor who has worked with The Irish Times in many roles, as drama critic for the New York Daily News and is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books.

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