The many roles which Edward Martyn filled in order to realize his dreams of reform in the Irish Revival are comprehensively explored in this collection of essays. Martyn's roles included host, patron, novelist, playwright, satirist, aesthete, collector of books and pictures, benefactor, journalist, and theatre director. His many activities, often forgotten or misunderstood, are documented here and set forth, for the first time, in the wider context of the multifaceted movement of Irish cultural nationalism which involved Martyn in developing relationships with fellow revivalists such as George Moore, Lady Gregory, Arthur Griffiths, D. P. Moran, Standish James O'Grady, and W. B. Yeats. This distilled analysis of the origins, development and failure of many of Martyn's reforms extends to a probing of the roots of Ireland's failure to achieve cultural independence during the 1920s and 30s when the very type of provincialism which Martyn so vehemently opposed because the conventional wisdom of the newly independent Irish Free State.
Jerry Nolan is a London-based freelance writer whose ongoing research is primarily concerned with exploring forms of Irish cultural nationalism in writers who have been marginalized in standard accounts of the Irish Literary Revival: Edward Martyn, Standish James O'Grady, AE, James Cousins, and James Stephens. He is the author of The Tulira Trilogy of Edward Martyn, Irish Symbolist Dramatist (Mellen, 2003)His scholarly articles have been published internationally, in Irish Arts Review, Irish Studies Review, Princess Grace Library Proceedings 1998, New Hibernia Review, ABEI Journal, and HJEAS Journal.
Preface by Mary C. King; Introduction; 1. Host and Patron; 2. Old Friend and Relative Stranger; 3. Satirist and Uncloistered Monk; 4. Aesthete and Benefactor; 5. Journalist and Theatre Director; 6. Irish Irelander and All Irelander; Appendices; Bibliography; Index