John McGahern (1934-2006)


Works

The Papers of John McGahern are held in at
the Hardiman Library
University College, Galway (NUI)
See Catalogue - online

Works
Novels
  • The Barracks (London: Faber & Faber 1963), 232pp. [ded. ‘To / Jimmy Swift’; Do., [1st pb. edn.] (London: Faber & Faber 1983; rep. 1986 & edns. to 2009), 232pp.; Do. (NY: Macmillan 1964), and Do. [another edn.] (London: Panther 1966).
  • The Dark (London: Faber & Faber 1965); Do. (NY: Alfred A. Knopf 1966; London: Panther 1967); Do., [pb. rep.] (London: Faber 1983, & edns. to 2008), 191p.; Do. (Harmonsworth: Penguin Books 2002), 192pp. [32 Chaps.; e-edition 2009 - online].
  • The Leavetaking (London: Faber & Faber 1974), Do. (Boston: Little, Brown 1975); Do. [rep.] (Dublin: Poolbeg 1980); Do. [2nd. edn; rev.] intro. by the author [pref.] (London: Faber & Faber 1984; rep. edns. to 2009) [extracts in The New Review, Aug. 1974].
  • The Pornographer (London: Faber; NY: Harper & Row 1979), and Do. (London: Quartet 1980) [reprinted at author’s wishes];
  • Amongst Women (London: Faber & Faber ; NY: Harper & Row 1990);
  • That They May Face the Rising Sun (London: Faber & Faber 2002), 298pp. [ded. To Madeline]; and Do. [in USA] as By the Lake (NY: Knopf 2002), 336pp.; Do. [pb. edn.] (London: Faber 2003), 314pp.;
 

See also his first publication - ‘The End or the Beginning of Love: Episode from a Novel’, in X: A Quarterly Review of Literature and the Arts, 5 (April 1961), pp.36-46; rep. in An Anthology from X: A Quarterly Review of Literature and the Arts, 1959-62, ed. Patrick Swift & David Wright (OUP 1988), pp.153-63.

Note: The draft-novel was written during 1957-1961, after which it was superceded in by The Barracks for which a contract was supplied by Faber; some passages were later rewritten and used in Chapters 3, 4, 8, and 9 of The Dark

Short Fiction
[ See “First Publication Venues of Stories by John McGahern” - attached.]
  • Nightlines (London: Faber 1970), ded. Charles Montheith; Do. (Boston: Little, Brown 1971); Do. (London: Panther 1973); Do. [same imprint] (London: Granada 1982), 127pp. [see contents].
    Getting Through (London: Faber 1978, rep. Faber 2009), 151pp.; Do. [p.b.] (London: Quartet ; Dublin: Poolbeg 1979), Do. (NY: Harper & Row 1980) [see contents].
  • High Ground (London: Faber 1985), 156pp.; Do. (NY: Viking 1987); Do. (Harmonsworth: Penguin 1993), 156pp., and Do. [rep.] High Ground and Other Stories (London; Faber & Faber 2006, 2009), 156pp. [see contents].
  • The Collected Stories (London: Faber & Faber 1992), 408pp. [see contents]; and Do. (NY: Knopf 1993);
  • Creatures of the Earth: New and Selected Stories, with a preface by the author (London: Faber & Faber 2006), viii, 408pp. [see contents].
Note: Bibliographical details and contents of story collections are given infra.
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In translation (French)
  • La Caserne [The Barracks, 1963], trans. by Georges-Michel Sarotte (Paris: Presses de la Renaissance 1986).
  • L'Obscure [The Dark, 1965], trans. by Alain Delahaye (Paris: Editions de la Sphere 1980).
  • Journee d'adieu [The Leavetaking, 1974], trans. by Alain Delahaye (Paris: Presses de la Renaissance 1983);
  • Les Huitres de Tchekhov et autres nouvelles [Getting Through, 1978], trans. by Alain Delahaye (Paris: Presses de la Renaissance 1992).
  • Le Pornographe [The Pornographer, 1979], by Alain Delahaye (Paris: Presses de la Renaissance 1981).
  • Entre toutes les femmes [Amongst Women, 1990], translated by Alain Delahaye (Paris: Presses de la Renaissance 1990).
  • Les Creatures de la terre et autres nouvelles [Creatures of the Earth, 1992], translated by Alain Delahaye (Paris: Albin Michel 1996) [incls. “Creatures of the Earth”as “Les creatures de la terre”; “The Creamery Manager” as “Le directeur de la laiterie”; “The Country Funeral” as “L’enterrement à la campagne.”
  • Pour qu’ils soient face au soleil levant [That They May Face the Rising Sun, 2002], translated by Francoise Cartano (Paris: Albin Michel, 2003).
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Stage drama
  • The Power of Darkness [after Tolstoy] (London: Faber & Faber 1991);
Essays
  • Love of the World: Essays, ed. Stanley van der Ziel, with an introduction by Declan Kiberd (London: Faber & Faber 2009), xlvii, 448pp. [incls. ‘Rural Ireland’s Passing’; ‘The Church and Its Spire’; ‘The Solitary Reader’; ‘A Literature without Qualities’, &c.].
Autobiography
  • Memoir (London: Faber & Faber 2005), [4], 272, [8]pp.., and Do. [in USA] as All Will Be Well: A Memoir (NY: Alfred A. Knopf 2005), 289pp.
Correspondence
  • John Killen, ed., Dear Mr McLaverty: The Literary Correspondence of John McGahern and Michael McLaverty (Linen Hall Library 2006), 58pp.
Extracts & contributions
  • Dolmen Miscellany of Irish Writing, ed. Thomas Kinsella & John Montague (Dublin: Dolmen Press; London: Oxford University Press 1962), pp.84-94 [opening of The Barracks].
  • ‘Waiting’ [1], in Threshold, 17 (1962), pp.10-16 [middle of Chap. 1 of The Barracks].
  • ‘Waiting’ [2], in Transatlantic Review, 12 (Spring 1963), pp.5-15 [close of Chap. 1 of The Barracks].
  • ‘The Four-Letter Word’, in Queen (24 March 1965), pp.78-9 [opening of The Dark].
  • ‘A Day on the River’, in Today and Yesterday in Northern Ireland, on Radio for Schools (Spring 1969) [Chapter 2 of The Dark].
  • ‘The Leavetaking’, in The New Review, 1, 2 (May 1974), pp.5-12 [selection of passages].
  • contrib. “A Ballad” [story] to Ireland and the Arts, ed. T. P. Coogan [Special Issue of Literary Review] (London: Namara Press 1984), pp.92-102.
  • ‘Monaghan Day’, in Soho Square, ed. Ian Hamilton (London: Bloomsbury 1989), pp.151-62 [from Amongst Women].
  • ‘Easter’, in Times Literary Supplement (30 April 1999), pp.16-17 [opening of That They May Face the Rising Sun].
  • ‘The Lanes’, in Granta: The Magazine of New Writing [“Mothers” isssue], 88 (Winter 2004), pp.11-42 [?opening of Memoir].
  • ‘Johnny’, in Granta: The Magazine of New Writing, 75 [“Brief Encounters”] (Autumn 2001), pp.217-35 [from That They May Face the Rising Sun - available at Granta online].
Articles & reviews
  • “The Image: Prologue to a Reading at the Rockerfeller University”, in Honest Ulsterman, 8 (1968), p.10; trans. [with rev.] as “L’image” as an introductory note to Lignes de fond [i.e., Nightlines] pp.17-18; Do. [rev.] as “The Image”, in The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 17, 1 (July 1991), p.12; and Do., rep. [in French, with rev.] in L’OEil-de-boeuf: Revue litteraire trimestrielle, 9-10 (May 1996), pp.74-75.
  • ‘Everybodies’, review of Being Geniuses Together by Robert McAlmon, in The Listener ( 23 April 1970), pp. 554-55.
  • ‘Authors’ Domains’ review of Between Life and Death by Nathalie Sarraute, in The Listener (18 March 1971), p.345 [holograph draft in copybook with drafts of The Leavetaking, held in Hardiman Library, Galway NUI].
  • ‘Memories of Newcastle’, review of Kiddar’s Luck and The Ampersand, by Jack Common, in Times Literary Supplement (13 Feb. 1976), p.159.
  • Foreword to Neill R. Joy, ‘James Joyce Exhibition Catalogue’, in Philobiblon: The Journal of the Friends of the Colgate University Library, 11 (Spring 1979), v-vi.
  • ‘Brian Westby’, critical essay on Brian Westby by Forrest Reid, in Threshold, 28 (Spring 1977), pp.37-50; rep. in Retrospective Adventures: Forrest Reid: Author and Collector, ed. by Paul Goldman & Brian Taylor (Aldershot: Scolar Press 1998), pp.11-15.
  • ‘An tOileánach’, in translation by Tomás Mac Siomoin, in Scathan (1985), pp.6-11; rep. [in English] as review of Tomás Ó Crohan, An t-Oiléanach, in The Irish Review, 6 (Spring 1989), pp.55-62; rep. in MacSiomoin’s translation as ‘An tOileanach / The Islandman’ in Tomás an Bhlascaoid, ed. Breandan Ó Conaire (Indreabhan: Cló Iar-Chonnachta 1992), pp.301-11; rep. [in English] in Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 13, 1 (June 1987), pp.7-15; in The Irish Review (Spring 1989), pp.55-62.
  • ‘New Victory for Gilchrist’, review of Victory Over Japan, by Ellen Gilchrist in Evening Herald (13 June 1986), p.26.
  • ‘A Solid Gold Novel’, review of The Golden Gate, by Vikram Sethin Evening Herald (11 July 1986), p.18.
  • ‘Who’s a Clever Chap?’, review of End Papers, by Breyten Breytenbach, in Evening Herald (1 Aug. 1986), p.18.
  • ‘Sicily - A Land of Extremes’, review of The Wine Dark Sea and Sicilian Uncles, by Leonardo Sciascia), in Evening Herald (5 Sept. 1986), p.24.
  • ‘A Plain Tale From a Desert Island’, review of Foe, by J. M. Coetzee, in Evening Herald (10 October 1986), p.25.
  • ‘Simenon - Far From Maigret’., review of The Outlaw, by Georges Simenon, in Evening Herald (28 Nov. 1986), p.29.
  • ‘Critic’s Choice - Another Dip’, review of The Greeks and The Irrational, by E. R. Dodds; The Land of Dreamy Dreams and Victory Over Japan, by Ellen Gilchrist; and Sicilian Uncles, by Leonardo Sciascia, in Evening Herald (19 Dec. 1986), p.23.
  • ‘The Hero We Didn’t Know’, review of The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta, by Mario Vargas Llosa, in Evening Herald (1 & 2 Jan. 1987), p.18.
  • ‘A Family at War?’, review of Monkeys, by Susan Minot in Evening Herald (16 Jan. 1987), p.16.
  • ‘When the Magic Fails’, review of Drunk With Love, by Ellen Gilchrist, in Evening Herald (6 March 1987), p.22.
  • ‘Journey Along the Canal Bank’, review of Patrick Kavanagh, in Evening Herald (15 May 1987)), p.21.
  • ‘Higgins Goes to the Brinks’, review of Outlaws, by George V. Higgins, in Evening Herald (12 June 1987), p.25.
  • ‘It’s All in the Mind’, review of Blackbird, by Tony Cartano, in Evening Herald (24 July 1987), p.21.
  • ‘Poor Account of Chilean Life’, review of Of Love and Shadows, by Isabel Allende, in Evening Herald (31 July 1987), p.19. ‘Yours Sincerely, D.H.L.’, review of The Letters of D.H. Lawrence, Vol. IV, in Evening Herald (11 Sept. 1987), p.23.
  • ‘County Leitrim’, in Donovan Wylie, 32 Counties: Photographs of Ireland by Donovan Wylie; rep. in New Writing by Thirty-Two Irish Writers (London: Secker & Warburg 1989), pp.165-67; Do., rep. [rev. & add.] as ‘Plain Ways of Leitrim’, in The New York Times Magazine (17 May 1992), ““Sophisticated Traveller””, pp.26-34; Do. rep. as ‘Ireland: All Quiet on the Western Front’, in The Guardian (3 July 1993), Weekend 43; rep. as ‘County Leitrim’ [rev. & adds.] as ‘Down By the Lazy Rivers’, in Irish Independent (10 July 1993), Weekender, pp.4-5 [extended middle section]; rep. [with revs.] as ‘The Sky Above Us’, in Ireland of the Welcomes, 45, 5 [Special Issue on “New Irish Writing”, ed. Derek Mahon] (Sept. / Oct. 1996), pp.39-42.
  • ‘Getting Flaubert’s Facts Straight’, review of Flaubert, by Herbert Lottmann, in The Irish Times (29 April 1989), Weekend 8.
  • ‘It’s a Long Way from Mohill to Here ...’: On the Eve of Polling Day, ‘The Views of Four Irish Authors’, in Irish Independent (14 June 1989), p.10.
  • ‘Sagas From the North’, review of The Masked Fisherman, by George Mackay Brown, in The Irish Times (1 July 1989), Weekend, p.8.
  • ‘The Man Who Fell in Love With His Dog’, review of Ackerley: A Life of J.R. Ackerley, by Peter Parker, in The Irish Times (23 Sept. 1989), Weekend, p.8.
  • ‘Dubliners’, in James Joyce: The Artist and the Labyrinth, ed. Augustine Martin (London: Ryan Publishing 1990), 63-72;
  • reprinted in The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 17.1 (July 1991), pp.31-7.
  • ‘The Life, the Work and the Hurt’, review of Novelists in Their Youth, by John Halperin, in The Irish Times (17 March 1990), Weekend, p.9.
  • ‘On the Edge of the Dream’, review of Wildlife, by Richard Ford, in The Irish Times (18 Aug. 1990), Weekend, p.4.
  • ‘Patriot Games’, review of Michael Collins: A Biography, by Tim Pat Coogan, in The Sunday Times (21 Oct. 1990), Books, p.11.
  • ‘From a Glorious Dream to Wink and Nod’, in The Irish Times (3 April 1991), p.9.
  • ‘Me Among the Protestants: A Bookish Boyhood’, in The New York Times Book Review (28 April 1991), pp.25-7; rep. as ‘Legends that Shaped My Life’, in Irish Independent (4 May 1991), Weekender, p.8; rep. [rev.] as ‘The Solitary Reader’, in The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 17, 1 (July 1991) pp.19-23; rep. [rev.], as ‘The Devil Finds Work for Idle Hands’, in The Agony and the Ego: The Art and Strategy of Fiction Writing Explored, ed. Clare Boylan ((Harmondsworth: Penguin 1993), pp.97-104; rep. [trans. & rev.], as ‘La création romanesque’, trans. by Margie Debelle, in Le Processus de la création chez  les écrivains irlandais contemporains, ed. Jacqueline Genet & Elisabeth Hellegouarc’h (Caen: Presses Universitaires de Caen 1994), pp.141-48; rep. in English as ‘Reading and Writing’, in Irish Writers and Their Creative Process, ed. Jacqueline Genet & Wynne Hellegouarc’h [sic] (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe 1996), pp.103-09; rep. [rev.] in De Valera’s Irelands, ed. Gabriel Doherty & Dermot Keogh (Cork: Mercier Press, 2003), pp.132-37; rep. [abbrev.] as ‘Words as Sweet as Honey’, in The Guardian (1 Feb. 2003), p.31.
  • ‘Island Days: On An tOileánach, Tomás O’Crohan’s Poetic Portrait of Life on the Blaskets’, review of An tOileánach, in The Irish Times (2 Nov. 1991), Weekend. p.8; also fragment of translation as ‘Spring Comes to the Turf Bog’ [p.8].
  • ‘A Poet Who Worked in Prose’ [on Michael McLaverty], in Sunday Independent (29 March 1992), Living & Leisure, p.10.
  • ‘Shame in a Polling Booth’, in Irish Independent (28 Nov. 1992), p.20.
  • ‘The Bird Swift’, in PS ... of course: Patrick Swift 1927-1983, ed. Veronica Jane O’Mara (Cork: Gandon Books 1993), pp.147-55.
  • ‘The Church and Its Spire’, in Soho Square, 6: New Writing from Ireland, ed. Colm Tóibín (London: Bloomsbury 1993), 17-27; Do. [extract], as ‘Hell and Damnation’, in Irish Independent (31 July 1993), Weekender 1, 4. [Orig. written as a public address at Trinity College Dublin on 1st May 1992.]
  • ‘Toward a Community of Cultures: "Minority Culture"’, in World Press Review, 40, 1 (Jan. 1993), p.24.
  • ‘The Adult Mysteries’, review of Across the Bridge: Stories, by Mavis Gallantin The New York Times Book Review (12 Sept. 1993), p.7.
  • ‘Why the Booker is Such a Hard Bet’, in Irish Independent (23 Oct. 1993), Weekender, p.3.
  • ‘The Forging of the State’, review of Pleasant the Scholar’s Life: Irish Intellectuals and the Construction of the Nation State, by Maurice Goldring, in The Irish Times (23 July 1994), Weekend p.8 [rep. as ‘Des intellectuels et de la nation’ [in English] in Etudes Irlandaises, 20, 1 (Spring 1995), pp.239-43.
  • ‘Shadows of a Summer Night’, review of Sunday’s Children, by Ingmar Bergman, in The New York Times Book Review ( 27 March 1994), p.10.
  • ‘A Legend After His Own Lifetime’, review of The Love of the Last Tycoon: A Western, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, in The Irish Times (12 Nov. 1994), Weekend, p.8.
  • Foreword to Liam Kelly, The Face of Time: Photographs of County Leitrim (Dublin: Lilliput Press 1995), p.5.
  • ‘Madness/Creativity’, in La Licorne, 32 [John McGahern Special Issue] (1995): pp.9-10.
  • ‘Galway, Western Ireland’s Lilting Heart’, in The New York Times Magazine (14 May 1995), “Sophisticated Traveller”, p.36.
  • ‘Honeyed Words: A Summer Story: A Short Story by John McGahern’, in The Independent [UK] (26 Aug. 1995), p.28 [non-fiction; based on ‘Me Among the Protestants’].
  • ‘A Critic Who Was One of the Elect’, review of Edmund Wilson: A Biography, by Jeffrey Myers, in The Irish Times (23 Sept. 1995), Weekend, p.8.
  • ‘In Pursuit of a Single Flame’, review of The Singing Flame, by Ernie O’Malley, in The Irish Times (17 February 1996), Weekend, 8.
  • ‘The Christmas Rose’, in The Leitrim Guardian: Leitrim’s Annual County Magazine, 29 (1997), p.6.
  • contrib. [untitled], to My Education, ed. John Quinn  (Dublin: TownHouse1997), pp.256-63.
  • ‘Morocco, the Bitter and the Sweet’, in The New York Times Magazine (14 Sept. 1997), “Sophisticated Traveller” pp.18-20, 32-34.
  • ‘A Revolutionary Mind’, review of Ernie O’Malley: IRA Intellectual, by Richard English, in The Irish Times (11 April 1998), Weekend, p.4.
  • ‘Easter’, in Times Literary Supplement (30 April 1999), pp.16–17.
  • review of Maurice Goldring, Pleasant the Scholar’s Life, in Irish Times (23 July 1994), ‘Weekend Review‘ [q.p.];
  • review of Jeffrey Meyers, Edmund Wilson: A Biography, in Irish Times (23 Sept. 1995), p.8;
  • ‘In pursuit of a single flame’, review of Ernie O’Malley, The Singing Flame, in Irish Times, (17 Feb. 1996), ‘Weekend’, p.8 [extract];
  • ‘Reading and Writing’, in Irish Writers and Their Creative Process, ed. Jacqueline Genet, et al. (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe [q.d.]), pp.103-09;
  • ‘The Sky Above Us’, in Ireland of the Welcomes [‘New Irish Writing’, spec. iss. ed. Derek Mahon]; (Sept.-Oct. 1996), pp.39-42 [‘We live in the poor heart of the island of Ireland’];
  • review of Terence Brown, The Life of W. B. Yeats: A Critical Biography, in Irish Times (27 Nov. 1999), Weekend [q.p.];
  • ‘Whatever You Say, Say Nothing: Ireland 1950-1959’, in The Irish Times (26 Oct. 1999); rep. in “Eye on the 20th Century”, an Irish Times Supplement (30 Dec. 1999) [incorp. in Memoir, pp.210-24].
  • Introduction to John Butler Yeats: Letters to His Son W.B. Yeats and Others 1869-1922, ed. Joseph Hone [1944], abridged with intro. by John McGahern (London: Faber & Faber 1999), 125pp.; trans. as Lettres a son fils, le poete W.B. Yeats, et a d’autres correspondants: 1898-1922, translated by Anne Morin (Paris: Jose Corti 2000).
  • ‘Pieces of Yeats’, review of The Life of W.B. Yeats: A Critical Biography, by Terence Brown, in The Irish Times (27 Nov. 1999), Weekend, p.10.
  • ‘Whatever You Say, Say Nothing: Ireland 1950-1959’, in “Eye On the Twentieth Century” [ser.], in The Irish Times (26 Oct. 1999), p.13; rep. in Eye On the Twentieth Century: A Decade by Decade Look At the Past 100 Years: A Supplement with The Irish Times (30 Dec. 1999), p.27.
  • ‘A Classic Gathering of the Classics’, review of Irish Classics, by Declan Kiberd, in The Sunday Business Post (19 Nov. 2000), p.41.
  • Foreword to Alistair MacLeod, Island: Collected Stories (London: Jonathan Cape 2001), pp.vii-xiv.
  • ‘Heroines of Their Lives’, review of Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, by Alice Munro, in Times Literary Supplement (9 Nov. 2001), pp.23-24.
  • ‘Return of the Revolutionary’, review-article on Ernie O’Malley, On Another Man’s Wounds, ed. & annot. by Cormac K. H. O’Malley [enl. rep. edn.], in The Irish Times (8 June 2002), Weekend, p.10. [see extract].
  • Foreword to Dick Walsh, Selected Columns from The Irish Times 1990-2002 (Dublin: TownHouse 2003), pp.11-18.
  • Introduction in John Williams, Augustus (London: Vintage Classics 2003), pp.vi-xiii.
  • Introduction in John Williams, Stoner (London: Vintage Classics 2003), pp.vi-xii.
  • ‘What Is My Language?’, in New Readings of Old Masters, ed. Mary Massoud (Cairo: Macmillan, 2004), pp.205-19.
Adaptations (by McGahern)
  • Sinclair (Radio 1971), being adaptation of his own story ‘Why We’re Here’ from Nightlines), prod. Ronald Mason (BBC3, 16 Nov. 1971), and Do. in The Listener (18 Nov. 1971), pp.690-92.
  • The Barracks, being an adaptation of his novel, prod. by John Scotney (BBC4, 24 Jan. 1972).
  • Swallows, adapted from his own story, dir. Robert Kidd, prod. by Barry Hanson, for Second City Firsts Ser. (BBC2, 27 March 1975).
  • The Rockingham Shoot, dir. Kieran Hickey (BBC NI, 10 Sept. 1987);
  • The Power of Darkness (BBC3, 15 October 1972); repeated (BBC3, [q. date,] 2006);
Adaptations (by others)
  • The Barracks, adapted for the stage by Hugh Leonard (Olympia Theatre, 6 -18 Oct. 1969) [Dublin Th. Fest.; ee notice of extension, Irish Times, 11 Oct. 1969].
  • Wheels, story [from Nightlines], adapted for film, dir. Cathal Black (1976).
  • The Lost Hour, being The Leavetaking adapted for TV by Carlo Gebler, dir. Sean Cotter (RTE1 1982).
  • The Key, story adapted for TV by Carlo Gebler, dir. Tony Barry (RTE 1983).
  • Korea [from Nightlines]), adapted for film, screenplay by Joe O’Byrne, dir. Cathal Black (ZDF Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen/RTE, NOS, and Bord Scannan na hEireann/The Irish Film Board 1995).
  • Amongst Women [1], Audiobook, abridged version read by Stephen Rea; two cassettes (London: Penguin / Faber Audiobooks 1997).
  • My Love, My Umbrella, chamber opera adaptation with libretto by James Conway and score by Kevin O’Connell, being “My Love, My Umbrella” [from Nightlines], “Sierra Leone” [from Getting Through], and “Gold Watch” [from High Ground] (the Stamford Arts Centre, England, 9 October 1997)
  • Amongst Women [2], adapted for TV by Adrian Hodges, dir. Tom Cairns, 4 episodes (BBC NI / RTE, and Bord Scannan na hEireann/The Irish Film Board; RTE1, 17 May-7 June 1998; BBC, 15 July-5 August 1998).
  • Swallows, [from Getting Through], adapted & dir. Michael O’Connell (Diladt and A Boy Named Sue Productions, in association with the Dun Laoghaire Institute for Art, Design & Technology 2000).

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Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 17, 1 [“Special John McGahern Issue”, ed. Denis Sampson] (July 1991) incls. contributions by McGahern: ‘The Image’ [12; extract]; “The Solitary Reader” [19-24]; “The Creamery Manager” [story; 25-30];“Dubliners” [31-37]. See full contents, infra.

The Hardiman Library at University College, Galway (NUI) holds The McGahern’s Papers [online]

Note: All of McGahern’s works have been translated into French since 1971

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Bibliographical details

Nightlines (London: Faber & Faber 1970) [ded. Charles Montheith]; Do. (Boston: Little, Brown 1971); Do. (London: Panther 1973); Do. [same imprint] (London: Granada 1982), 127pp. CONTENTS: “Wheels” [9], “Why We're Here” [18], “Coming into his Kingdom” [22], “Christmas” [30], “Hearts of Oak and Bellies of Brass” [37], “Strandhill, The Sea”, “Bomb Box” [55], “Korea” [65], “Lavin” [70], “My Love, My Umbrella” [77], “Peaches” [88], “The Recruiting Officer” [115]. (“Coming Into His Kingdom” and “Peaches” both set in Fascist Spain; the latter excluded from French edition).

Getting Through (London: Faber 1978, rep. Faber 2009), 151pp.; Do. [p.b.] (London: Quartet; Dublin: Poolbeg 1979), Do. (NY: Harper & Row 1980). CONTENTS: “The Beginning of an Idea” [see note], “A Slip-up”, “All Sorts of Impossible Things”, “Faith, Hope and Charity”, “The Stoat”, “Doorways”, “The Wine Breath”, “Along the Edges”, “Swallows”, “Sierra Leone”. [US edition also contains “Gold Watch”.]

High Ground (London: Faber 1985), 156pp.; Do. (NY: Viking 1987); Do. (Harmonsworth: Penguin 1993), 156pp., and Do. [rep.] High Ground and Other Stories (London; Faber & Faber 2006, 2009), 156pp. CONTENTS: “Parachutes”; “A Ballad”; “Oldfashioned”; “Like All Other Men”; “Eddie Mac”; “Crossing the Line”; “High Ground”; “Gold Watch”; “The Conversion of William Kirkwood”; “Bank Holiday”.

The Collected Stories (London: Faber & Faber 1992), 408pp. CONTENTS: Wheels [3]; Why We’re Here [12]; Coming into his Kingdom [16]; Christmas [23]; Hearts of Oak and Bellies of Brass [29]; Strandhill, the Sea [39]; The Key [45]; Korea [54]; Lavin [59]; My Love, My Umbrella [65]; Peaches [75]; The Recruiting Officer [100]; The Beginning of an Idea [112]; A Slip-up [127]; All Sorts of Impossible Things [133]; Faith, Hope and Charity [146]; The Stoat [152 Doorways [158]; The Wine Breath [178]; Along the Edges [188]; Swallows [200]; Cold Watch [211]; Parachutes [226]; A Ballad [239]; Oldfashioned [249]; Like All Other Men [272]; Eddie Mac [281]; Crossing the Line [295]; High Ground [306]; Sierra Leone [316]; The Conversion of William Kirkwood [331]; Bank Holiday [350]; The Creamery Manager [366]; The Country Funeral [374].

Creatures of the Earth: New and Selected Stories, with a preface by the author (London: Faber & Faber 2006), viii, 408pp. CONTENTS: Preface [vii-iii]; Wheels [3]; Why We're Here 13]; Christmas 18]; Hearts of Oak and Bellies of Brass 26]; Strandhill, the Sea [38]; Korea [45]; Lavin [51]; My Love, My Umbrella [58]; The Recruiting Officer [69]; A Slip-up [83]; All Sorts of Impossible Things [90]; Faith, Hope and Charity [104]; The Wine Breath [110]; Swallows [121]; Gold Watch [134]; Parachutes [151]; A Ballad [166]; Crossing the Line [177]; High Ground [190]; Like All Other Men [201]; Sierra Leone [211]; The Creamery Manager [228]; Oldfashioned [237]; Eddie Mac [263]; e Conversion of William Kirkwood [279]; Bank Holiday [301]; Creatures of the Earth [319]; Love of the World [336]; The Country Funeral [369-408].

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Criticism

Criticism
There is a John McGahern Yearbook, ed. John Kenny (2008- )
Monographs & critical collections
  • Denis Sampson, Outstaring Nature’s Eye: The Fiction of John McGahern (Washington: CUA Press; Dublin: Lilliput 1993), xvii, 267pp., ill. [port.]
  • Lori Rogers, Feminine Nation: Performance, Gender and Resistance in the Works of John McGahern and Neil Jordan (Maryland: Univ. Press of America 1998), v, 154pp.
  • Roberta Gefter Wondrich, Romanzi contemporanei d’Irlanda: Nazione e narrazioni da McGahern a McCabe (Trieste: Edizioni Parnaso, 2000), qpp.
  • James Whyte, History, Myth and Ritual in the Fiction of John McGahern (NY: Edwin Mellon Press 2002), 271pp. [incls. interview, pp.227-35].
  • Eamon Maher, John McGahern: From the Local to the Universal [Contemporary Irish Writers Ser.] (Dublin: Liffey Press 2003), 200pp. [incorporating extensive interview material].
  • David Malcolm, Understanding John McGahern (Univ. of S. Carolina Press 2007), xiv, 163pp.
  • Dermot McCarthy, John McGahern and the Art of Memory (Bern: Peter Lang 2010), 332pp. [partly available at Google Books online.]
  • Eamon Maher, ‘The Church and Its Spire’: John McGahern and the Catholic Question, with a foreword by Fintan O’Toole (Dublin: Columbia Press 2011), 215pp.
  • Denis Sampson, Young John McGahern: Becoming a Novelist (Oxford UP 2012), 194pp. [see extract].
  • Pat Walsh, A Rebel Act: Michael Hartnett’s Farewell to English (Cork: Mercier Press 2012), 266pp.
  • Raymond Mullen, Adam Bargroff & Jennifer Mullen, ed., John McGahern: Critical Essays (Oxford: Peter Lang 2014).
Dissertations
  • Richard Burr Lloyd, “Home Sickness: John McGahern’s Irish Quartet” [Diss.] (University of Nebraska 1995).
  • Raymond Mullen, “‘In the Beginning was the Image’: The Influence of Marcel Proust and Albert Camus on the Fiction of John McGahern” (Queen’s University, Belfast 2013). [Diss.] (University of Nebraska 1995)
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Special Issues
  • Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, “Special John McGahern Issue” [ed. Denis Sampson], 17, 1 (July 1991) [see contents].
  • Etudes Irlandaises [numèro special: “Etudes sur The Barracks de John McGahern”, ed. Claude Fierobe and Danielle Jacquin] (Octobre 1994) [bi-lingual].
  • La Licorne, 32 [“John McGahern”], ed. Jean Brihault & Liliane Louvel] (1995) [bi-lingual; see contents].
  • L’OEil-de-boeuf: Revue litteraire trimestrielle, 9-10 [“Ecrivains Irlandais”: ‘John McGahern’ special issue] (May 1996), 37-77 [section devoted to McGahern; includes contributions by McGahern; bi-lingual issue].
  • Etudes Britanniques Contemporaines, 6 [“Special McGahern Issue”] (January 1995) [bi-lingual].
  • Journal of the Short Story in English / Les Cahiers de la Nouvelle, 34 (Spring 2000) [“The Art of John McGahern’s Short Fiction”], pp.13-85.
  • Journal of the Short Story in English, John McGahern Special Issue, ed Linda Collinge-Germain and Emmanuel Vernadakis [JSSE 53] (Autumn 2009) [see contents],
  • Études Irlandaises [Numéro Spécial: ‘Études sur The Barracks de John McGahern’, ed. Claude Fierobe] (Oct. 1994) [see contents].
  • Irish University Review, “John McGahern Special Issue”, 35, 1 (Spring/Summer 2005) [see contents.]
 

Peter Guy, ‘As Mirrors are Lonely’: A Lacanian Reading of Three Irish Novelists [PhD Thesis] (Nat. Centre for Franco-Irish Studies / ITT Dublin 2009) [Broderick, McGahern, Moore - available online at Wiziq online - accessed 25.04.2011].

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Articles
  • Robert F. Cayton’s [review of The Dark], in Library Journal, 91 (1966), p.2,522.
  • Owen Sheehy Skeffington, ‘The McGahern Affair’, in Censorship, 2 (Spring 1966), pp.27-30.
  • Vivian Mercier, ‘Growing Up in Ireland’, in New York Times Book Review (6 March 1966), p.50.
  • Bruce Cook, ‘Irish Censorship: The Case of John McGahern’, in Catholic World, 206 (1967), pp.176-69 [extra].
  • Michael Foley, ‘The Novels of John McGahern’, in The Honest Ulsterman, 5 (Sept. 1968), pp.34-37.
  • John Cronin, ‘The Dark is Not Light Enough: The Fiction of John McGahern’ , in Studies: An Irish Quarterly, 58 (Winter 1969), pp.427-32 [available at JSTOR - online].
  • Michael Foley, ‘The Novels of John McGahern’, in Honest Ulsterman, 8 (September 1968), pp.34-37.
  • Roger Garfitt, ‘Constants in Contemporary Irish Fiction’, in Two Decades of Irish Writing, ed. Douglas Dunn (Cheadle: Carcanet Press 1975; Penn.: Dufour 1975), pp.207-41 [var. 43].
  • Peter Straub, ‘John McGahern: The Leavetaking’, in New Statesman (10 Jan. 1975), p.50.
  • Maurice Harmon, ‘The Leavetaking’, in Irish University Review, 5 (Spring 1975), pp.322-25.
  • Julian Jebb, ‘The Call of the Deep’, in Times Literary Supplement (10 Jan. 1975), p.29.
  • Maurice Harmon, ‘Generations Apart: 1925-1975’, in The Irish Novel in Our Time, ed. Patrick Rafroidi & Harmon [Cahiers irlandaises, 4-5] (l’Université de Lille 1976), pp.49-65 [see extract].
  • Henri-D. Paratte, ‘Conflicts in a Changing World: John McGahern’, in The Irish Novel in Our Time, Patrick Rafroidi & Maurice Harmon [Cahiers irlandaises, 4-5] (l’Université de Lille 1976), pp.311-27.
  • Denis Sampson, ‘A Note on John McGahern’, in Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 2, 2 (1976), pp.61-65.
  • Francis C. Molloy, ‘The Novels of John McGahern’, in Critique 19, 1 (1977), pp.5-27.
  • Tom Paulin, review of Getting Through, in Encounter, 50, 6 (June 1978), p.70.
  • Paul Devine, ‘Style and Structure in John McGahern’s The Dark’, in Critique, 21, 1 (1979), pp.49-58
  • Terence Brown, ‘John McGahern’s Nightlines: Tone, Technique and Symbolism’, in The Irish Short Story , ed. Patrick Rafroidi & Brown (Gerrards Cross: Smythe; Atlantic Highlands/NJ.: Humanities Press 1979), pp.289-301.
  • Paul Devine, ‘Style and Structure in John McGahern’s The Dark’, in Critique, 21, 1 (1979), pp.49-58.
  • Douglas Sealy, ‘A Moral Tale’, Hibernia (25 Oct. 1979), p.13.
  • Alan Warner, ‘John McGahern’, in A Guide to Anglo-Irish Literature (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 1981), pp.245-52.
  • Michael J. Toolan, ‘John McGahern: The Historian and the Pornographer’, in Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 7, 2 (1981), pp.39-55.
  • Grattan Freyer, ‘Change Naturally: The Fiction of O’Flaherty, O’Faoláin, McGahern’, in Éire-Ireland, 18, 1 (Spring 1983), pp.138-44.
  • Eileen Kennedy, ‘The Novels of John McGahern: The Road Away Becomes the Road Back’, in James D. Brophy & Raymond J. Porter, eds., Contemporary Irish Writing (Library of Irish Studies, II] (Boston: Iona College Press 1983), pp.115-26.
  • Shaun O’Connell, ‘Door into Light, John McGahern’s Ireland’, iin Massachusetts Review, 25 (Summer 1984), pp.255-68.
  • Fred Johnston, ‘John McGahern at Fifty’, in The Irish Times (15 August 1984), p.10.
  • Karlheinz Schwartz, ‘John McGahern’s Point of View’, in Eire-Ireland, 19, 3 (Fall 1984), pp.92-110.
  • Louise Martin, ‘The Conflicts Between Self and Society in the Works of John McGahern’ [MA] (Université de Bretagne Occid. 1984).
  • Terence de Vere White, ‘The Conscious Artist’, in The Irish Times (14 Sept. 1985), p.11.
  • John Cronin, review of High Ground, in Studies: An Irish Quarterly, 75 (1985) pp.219-21.
  • Tracey Sennett, ‘Rhythm, Images, and the Fiction of John McGahern’, in An Gael, 3, 2 (Winter 1986), pp.11-13.
  • Joel Connaroe, ‘Strong Women, Dreamy Men’ [review of High Ground], in New York Times Book Review (9 Sept. 1987), p.44.
  • Suzanne J. Fournier, ‘Structure and Theme in John McGahern’s The Pornographer ’, in Éire-Ireland, 22, 1 (Spring 1987), pp.139-49;
  • Michael Gorman, ‘Unflinching Fidelity: The Work of John McGahern’, in Krino, 4 (Autumn 1987), pp.8-15.
  • Klaus Lubbers, ‘Balcony of Europe: The Trend Towards Internationalisation in Recent Irish Fiction’, in Literary Interrelations: Ireland, England and the World, Vol. III [“National Images and Stereotypes”], ed. Wolfgang Zach & Heinz Kosok [IASI Conference Papers] (Tübingen: Gunter Narr 1987), pp.235-44.
  • John Cronin, ‘Art and The Failure of Love: The Fiction of John McGahern’, in Studies: An Irish Quarterly, 77 (Summer 1988), pp.201-17.
  • James M. Cahalan, ‘The Conscience of the Midlands: John McGahern’, in The Irish Novel: A Critical History (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 1988), pp.271-75.
  • Richard Lloyd, ‘Memory Becoming Imagination, Novels of J. McGahern’, in Journal of Irish Literature, 18, 3 (Sept. 1989).
  • Antoinette Quinn, ‘Varieties of Disenchantment: Narrative Techniques in John McGahern’s Short Stories’, in Journal of the Short Story in English, 13 (Autumn 1989), pp.77-89.
  • John Banville, ‘To Have and To Hate’ [review of Amongst Women], in Observer (6 Oct. October 1990) [q.pp.];
  • James Simmons [review of Amongst Women], in Linen Hall Review (Summer 1990), p.32 [see extract].
  • Jürgen Kamm, ‘John McGahern’, in Contemporary Irish Novelists, ed. Rüdiger Imhof [Studies in English and Comparative Literature, ed. Michael Kenneally & Wolfgang Zach] (Tübingen: Gunter Narr 1990), pp.175-91 [see extract].
  • Gerry Smyth, ‘Amongst Women (1990) by John McGahern’ [chap. sect.], in The Novel and the Nation: Studies in the New Irish Fiction (London: Pluto, 1997), pp.171-73.
  • Julia Carlson, intro. & ed., Banned in Ireland, Censorship & the Irish Writer (Georgia UP; London: Routledge 1990): ‘John McGahern’, pp.55-67.
  • Sophia Hillan King, ‘“Quiet Desperation”: Variations on a Theme in the Writing of Daniel Corkery, Michael McLaverty, and John McGahern’, in Aspects of Irish Studies, ed. Myrtle Hill & Sarah Barber (Belfast Institute of Irish Studies 1990) [q.p.]
  • Terence Brown, ‘Redeeming the Time: The Novels of John McGahern and John Banville’, in The British and Irish Novel Since 1960, ed. James Acheson (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe; NY: St. Martin’s Press 1991 ), pp.159-73.
  • Denis Sampson, ‘Introducing John McGahern’, in Canadian Journal of Irish Studies , 17, 1 (July 1991), pp.1-11.
  • Denis Sampson, review of The Power of Darkness [Abbey 1991] ([q. source) [see extract];
  • Julian Gitzen, ‘Wheels along the Shannon: The Fiction of John McGahern’, in Journal of Irish Literature, 20, 3 ([Delaware UP] Sept. 1991), p.36-49.
  • John Cronin, ‘John McGahern’s Amongst Women: Retrenchment and Renewal’, in Irish University Review, 22, 1 (Spring/Summer 1991), pp.168-76.
  • Denis Sampson, review of The Collected Stories, in Irish Literary Supplement (Fall 1993) [q.p.; see extract];
  • John Banville, ‘Big News from Small Worlds’, review of The Collected Stories of John McGahern, in New York Review of Books (8 April 1993) [available online].
  • José Lanters, ‘“It Fills Many a Vacuum”: Food and Hunger in the Early Novels of John McGahern’, in Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 20, 1 (1994), pp.30-40.
  • Études Irlandaises [Numéro Spécial: ‘Études sur The Barracks de John McGahern’, ed. Claude Fierobe] (Octobre 1994) [see contents]
  • Eamon Grennan, ‘John McGahern: Vision and Revisionism’, in Colby Quarterly, 31, 1 (March 1995), pp.30-39.
  • Pascal Bataillard, ‘John McGahern’s Subdued Modernity’, in Etudes Britanniques Contemporaines, 6 (Jan. 1995), 85-100.
  • Hélène Chuquet, ‘Etude de quelques marqueurs linguistiques de la distanciation chez John McGahern’, in La Licorne, 32 (1995), pp.33-53.
  • Jean Brihault, ‘John McGahern: Introduction Generale’, in La Licorne, 32 (1995): pp.11-18.
  • Jean Brihault, ‘L’oeuvre de John McGahern: de l’écriture du rituel au rituel de l’écriture’, in La Licorne, 32 (1995), pp.107-17.
  • James M. Cahalan, ‘Female and Male Perspectives on Growing Up in Edna O’Brien, John McGahern and Brian Moore’, in Colby Quarterly, 31, 1 (March 1995), pp.55-73; rep. in Cahalan, Double Visions: Women and Men in Modern and Contemporary Irish Literature (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press 1999), 234pp.; pp.105-34.
  • John Cronin, ‘John McGahern: A New Image?’, in Irish Writers and Their Creative Process, ed. Jacqueline Genet & Wynne Hellegouarc’h (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe 1996), pp.110-17.
  • Gerry Smyth, The Novel and the Nation: Studies in the New Irish Fiction (London: Pluto Press 1997) [on Amongst Women] pp.171-73 [see extract].
  • Siobhán Holland, ‘The Question of Gendered Voice in some Contemporary Irish Novels by Brian Moore and John McGahern’ [Ph.D. Thesis] (University of Leeds / Sept. 1997).
  • Siobhán Holland, ‘A Case for Matrifocality in John McGahern’s Amongst Women’, in Irish Encounters: Poetry, Politics and Prose, ed. Alan Marshall & Neil Sammells (Bath: Sulis Press 1998) [Chap. 12; qpp.].
  • Rosa González, interview with John McGahern, in Ireland in Writing: Interviews with Writers and Academics, ed. Jacqueline Hurtley, et al. (Amsterdam & Atlanta: Rodopi 1998), pp.39-50 see extract].
  • Eileen Kennedy, ‘Sons and Fathers in John McGahern’s Short Stories’, in New Irish Writing: Essays in Memory of Raymond J. Porter, ed. James D. Brophy & Eamon Grennan (Boston: Twayne 1989), [q.pp.]
  • Fiona MacArthur & Carolina P. Amador Morena, ‘Observations on Characters’ Use of Conventional Metaphors in John McGahern’s Amongst Women’, in Anuario de Estudios Filológicos, 21 (1998), pp.179-91.
  • Eamonn Wall, ‘The Living Stream: John McGahern’s Amongst Women and Irish Writing in the 1990s’, in Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review [“Across the Pond - Reflections on Irish Writing / A View from the Irish States” - Special Issue, guest ed. Deborah McWilliams], 88, 351 (Autumn 1999), pp.305-14.
  • Brian Liddy, ‘State and Church: Darkness in the Fiction of John McGahern’, in New Hibernian Review, 3, 2 (Summer 1999), pp.106-21.
  • Anne Goarzin, ‘En quête du père: la difficile filiation dans les romans de John McGahern’, in Masculin/Feminin: litteratures et cultures anglo-saxonnes, ed. Sophie Marret (Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes 1999), pp.123-34.
  • Liliane Louvel, ‘The Writer’s Field: “Patrols of the Imagination”: John McGahern’s Short Stories’, in Journal of the Short Story in English, 34 (Angers: Presses Universitaires d’Angers Spring 2000), pp.65-88.
  • Dominique Dubois, ‘Incommunicability and Alienation in John McGahern’s “My Love, My Umbrella”: An Analysis of the Discursive Strategies’, in Journal of the Short Story in English / Les Cahiers de la Nouvelle, 34 (Spring 2000), pp.53-64.
  • Denis Sampson, ‘The “Rich Whole”: John McGahern’s Collected Stories as Autobiography’, in Journal of the Short Story in English / Les Cahiers de la Nouvelle, 34 (Spring 2000), pp.21-30.
  • Anne Goarzin, ‘Discours figés et éradication de la voix individuelle dans les romans de John McGahern’, in Actes du colloque du Groupe de Recherche en Études Irlandaises [Cahier 5] (Université de Caen 2000) [q.pp.]
  • Eamon Maher, ‘Catholicism and National Identity in the Works of John McGahern’ [interview with McGahern at Tallaght Institute of Technology, 8 Dec. 2000], in Studies: An Irish Quarterly, (Spring [2001]), pp.70-83; [see extract].
  • Siobhan Holland, ‘Re-Citing the Rosary: Women, Catholicism and Agency in Brian Moore’s Cold Heaven and John McGahern’s Amongst Women’, in Contemporary Irish Fiction: Themes, Tropes, Theories, ed. Liam Harte & Michael Parker (Basingstoke: Macmillan 2001), pp.56-78.
  • Eamon Maher, ‘Disintegration and Despair in the Early Fiction of John McGahern’, in Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review, 90, 357 (Spring 2001), pp.84-91 [available at JSTOR - online].
  • Paul Clements, ‘John McGahern’, in Book Collector (July 2001) [.q.p.].
  • Nicholas Wroe, ‘John McGahern: Ireland’s rural elegist’ [“Profile”], in The Guardian (Sat. 5 Jan. 2002) [see extract].
  • Desmond Traynor, reviewing John McGahern, That They May Face the Rising Sun (2002), in Books Ireland (Feb. 2002) [see extract].
  • Robert MacFarlane, review of That they May Face the Rising Sun, Times Literary Supplement, 18 Jan. [2002], p.28 [see extract].
  • Hermione Lee, ‘Everything under the Sun’, review of That They May Face the Rising Sun, in The Observer (6 Jan. 2002) [see extract - and see TLS article, infra].
  • Desmond Traynor, review of John McGahern, That They May Face the Rising Sun (2002), in Books Ireland (Feb. 2002), p.23 [see extract].
  • Seamus Deane, ‘A New Dawn’, review of That They May Face the Rising Sun, in The Guardian (12 Jan. 2002) [available online - or see extract].
  • Nicholas Wroe, ‘Ireland’s rural elegist’, in The Guardian (5 Jan. 2002), - online.
  • Patrick Crotty, “‘All Toppers’: Children in the Fiction of John McGahern’, in Irish Fiction since the 1960s: A Collection of Critical Essays, ed. Elmer Kennedy-Andrews (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2002) [Chap. 13; prev. in Irish University Review, 35, 1, 2005, pp.121-35.]
  • Siobhán Holland, ‘Marvellous Fathers in the Fiction of John McGahern’, in Yearbook of English Studies, 35 (2005), pp.186-98.
  • Eamon Maher & Grace Neville, eds., France-Ireland - Anatomy of a Relationship: Studies in History, Literature and Politics, preface J. J. Lee (Frankfurt am Main/ Oxford: Peter Lang [2004]), 372pp., ill. [incls. essay by Maher on McGahern].
  • Declan Kiberd, ‘Portraits of a paradise lost’, [review of Memoir], in The Irish Times (3 Sept. 2005), Weekend [see extract].
  • Eamon Maher, ‘Circles and Circularity in the Writings of John McGahern’, in Nordic Irish Studies, 3, 2 (2004), c.p.157.
  • Robert Greacen, review of McGahern’s Memoir, in Books Ireland (Oct. 2005) [extract].
  • Eamon Grennan, ‘“Only What Happens”: Mulling over McGahern’, in Irish University Review (Spring/Summer 2005), p.13-27 [see extract].
  • Andrew Motion, ‘Figure in a landscape’, review of Memoir, in The Guardian (Sat., 17 Sept. 2005) [see extract].
  • Stanley van der Ziel, ‘Fionn and Oisín in the Land of Wink and Nod: Heroes, History, and the Creative Imagination in John McGahern’s Amongst Women’, in The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 31, 2 (Fall 2005), pp.10-18 [available at JSTOR - online];
  • Richard Pine, ‘John McGahern - Ireland’s leading novelist, whose work reflected his country’s new self-confidence’ in The Guardian (obituary 31 March 2006) [see extract];
  • John Kenny, ‘A last bow - now applaud’, review of Creatures of the Earth: New and Selected Stories, in The Irish Times (2 Dec. 2006) [see extract];
  • Declan Kiberd, ‘Teachings of a Master’, in The Irish Times (1 April 2006), q.pp.
  • Karl Miller, ‘Dark, Delightful Country Things: John McGahern’s Austere Eloquence’, review of Creatures of the Earth: New and Selected Stories, in Times Literary Supplement (8 Dec 2006), pp.19-20.
  • Denis Sampson, ‘The “Sacred Weather” of County Leitrim: John McGahern’s Memoir’, in The Irish Review, 36, 1 (Winter 2007), pp.120-28.
  • Stephen Regan, ‘Seamus Deane’s Reading in the Dark, John Walsh’s The Falling Angels and John McGahern’s Memoir’, in Irish Literature Since 1990: Diverse Voices, ed. Scott Brewster & Michael Parker (Manchester UP 2009) [Chap. 11].
  • Michael C. Prusse, ‘Symmetry Matters: John McGahern’s “Korea” as Hypertext of Ernest Hemingway’s “Indian Camp”.’, in Rewritting/Reprising, ed. Georges Letissier (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars 2009), pp.22-39.
  • Hermione Lee, ‘A Sly Twinkle’, review-article on Love of the World: Essays, in Times Literary Supplement (4 Dec. 2009), pp.3-5 [see extract].
  • [...]
  • Denis Donogue on ‘John McGahern’, in Irish Essays (Cambridge UP 2011), pp.226-34.
  • Liam Harte, ‘House Arrest - John McGahern’s Amongst Women’ [2002], in Reading the Contemporary Irish Novel (Oxford: Blackwell 2013) [Chap. 2], pp.51-74.
  • Bryan Fanning & Tom Garvin, ‘Edna O’Brien, The County Girls (1960) and John McGahern, The Dark (1965)’, in Books That Define Ireland (Sallins: Merrion 2014), Chap. 21.
 
See extended list of reviews, notices and interviews - attached.

 

Bibliography
  • Denis Sampson, ‘John McGahern: A Preliminary Checklist’, in The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 17, 1 (July 1991), pp.94-97.
  • Stanley van der Ziel, ‘John McGahern: An Annotated Bibliography’, in Irish University Review [Special Issue] (Spring/Summer 2005), pp.175-202 - available at JSTOR Ireland online; also at FindArticles [online].
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Interviews
  • Audrey L. Lynch, ‘An Interview with John McGahern’, in Books Ireland ([q. iss.] 1984);
  • Patrick Gordon, Interview with John McGahern’, in Scrivener: A Literary Magazine [Montreal], 5, 2 (Summer 1984), pp.25-26;
  • Eileen Kennedy, ‘Q & A with John McGahern’ [interview], in Irish Literary Supplement, 3 (Spring 1984), p.40;
  • Ciaran Carty, ‘Out of the Dark: An Interview with John McGahern’, in The Sunday Tribune (6 Sept. 1987) [q.p.]
  • Cathy Herbert, ‘Window on the World’ [interview with John McGahern), in Magill (Oct. 1987), pp.56-62;
  • Rosa Gonzalez, ‘John McGahern interviewed’, in Ireland in Writing: Interviews with Writers and Academics, ed. Jacqueline Hurtley, et al. (Amsterdam & and Atlanta: Rodopi 1988), [pp.43-48];
  • Joe Jackson, ‘Tales from the Darkside’ [interview], in Hot Press, 15, 22 (14 Nov. 1991), p.18-20 [see extract];
  • Denis Sampson, ‘A Conversation with John McGahern’, in Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 17 (July 1991), pp.13-18;
  • Liliane Louvel, Gilles Ménégaldo and Claudine Verley, ‘Entretien avec John McGahern, 17 Novembre 1993’, in La Licorne [Poitiers, France], No. 32 (1995), pp.19-32;
  • Rosa González Casademont [Gonzalez], ‘An Interview with John McGahern’, in European Messenger, 4, 1 (Spring 1995), pp.17-23 [also in Bells, 6, Barcelona 1995, pp.173-81].
  • Belinda McKeon, ‘Make of it What you Will’ [interview with John McGahern], in Trinity News (April 2000) [see extract].
  • Mike Murphy, ‘John McGahern’ [interview with John McGahern], in Cliodhna Ní Anluain, ed., Reading the Future: Irish Writers in Conversation with Mike Murphy ( Dublin: Lilliput 2001) [q.pp.];
  • James Whyte, [interview], in History, Myth and Ritual in the Fiction of John McGahern (NY: Edwin Mellon Press 2002), pp.227-35.
  • Robert McCrum, ‘The Whole World in a Community’ [interview with John McGahern], in The Observer (6 Jan. 2002) [see extract].
  • Nicholas Wroe, ‘John McGahern: Ireland’s rural elegist’ - “Profile” [interview-article], in The Guardian (Sat. 5 Jan. 2002) [see extract].
  • Eamon Maher & Declan Kiberd, ‘John McGahern: Writer, Stylist, Seeker of a Lost World’ [tapescript of a conversation between Eamon Maher and Declan Kiberd], in Doctrine and Life , 52, 2 (February 2002), pp.82-97 [see extract].
  • Shirley Kelly, ‘The Writing Keeps the Cattle in High Style’ [interview-article], in Books Ireland (Feb. 2002), p.5-6 [see extract].
  • Interviewed on RTÉ Radio Arts programme “Rattlebag” (Jan.2002).
  • James Whyte, [interview with John McGahern], in History, Myth, and Ritual in the Fiction of John McGahern: Strategies of Transcendence (NY: Edwin Mellen Press 2002), pp.227-35.
  • Interview with Lilian Louvel, Ben Forkner, et al., in Journal of the Short Story in English [JSSE], 41 (Autumn 2003) [as attached].
 

See also interview material in Eamon Maher, John McGahern: From the Local to the Universal [Contemporary Irish Writers Ser.] (Dublin: Liffey Press 2003).

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Journals - Special Issues

Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 17, 1 [‘Special John McGahern Issue’, ed. Denis Sampson] (July 1991). CONTENTS: Denis Sampson, ‘Introducing John McGahern’ [1]; McGahern, ‘The Image’ [12; see extract]; Sampson, ‘A Conversation with John McGahern’ [13]; McGahern, ‘The Solitary Reader’ [19]; McGahern, “The Creamery Manager” [story; 25]; McGahern, “Dubliners” [31-37]; Marianne (Koenig) Mays, ‘“Ravished and Exasperated”: The Evolution of John McGahern’s Plain Style’ [38]; Paolo Vivante, ‘McGahern and the Homeric Moment’ [53]; Sampson, ‘“The Lost Image”: Some Notes on McGahern and Proust’ [57]; Terence Killeen, ‘Versions of Exile: A Reading of The Leavetaking’ [69]; Antoinette Quinn, ‘A Prayer for My Daughter: Patriarchy in Amongst Women’ [79]; ‘John McGahern: Biographical Outline’ [91]; Sampson, ‘John McGahern: A Preliminary Checklist’ [93-101].

 

Études Irlandaises [Numéro Spécial, ‘Études sur The Barracks de John McGahern’, ed. Claude Fierobe] (October 1994). CONTENTS: Martine Pelletier, ‘Alienation individuelle et crise identitaire dans The Barracks’ [15]; Sylvie Mikowski, ‘L’Expérience fictive du temps dans The Barracks’ [27]; Pascale Amiot, ‘L’Enfermement dans The Barracks’ [45]; Bertrand Cardin, ‘L’Incommunicabilité dans The Barracks’ [ 65]; Yvon Tosser, ‘Répetition et différence, l’invention du quotidien dans The Barracks’ [95]; John Cronin, ‘“The Frightful Mill of Love”: John McGahern’s The Barracks’ [107]; Ciaran Ross, ‘Some Painful Thoughts about The Barracks’ [119]; David Coad, ‘Religious References in The Barracks’ [131]; Max Duperray, ‘La Pesanteur et la grâce ou la passion d’Elizabeth dans The Barracks’ [139]; Riana O’Dwyer, ‘Gender Roles in The Barracks’ [147-164].

 

La Licorne [“Numéro Spécial John McGahern”], ed. Jean Brihault & Liliane Louvel [UFR Langues et Littératures] (Université de Poitiers 1995) - CONTENTS: Liliane Louvel, ‘John McGahern: la maniere noire’ [5-7]; Jean Brihault, ‘John McGahern: Introduction Generale’, in La Licorne, 32 [:John McGahern] (1995) [11-18]; Liliane Louvel, Gilles Menegaldo & Claudine Verley, ‘Interview with John McGahern interview of 17 November 1993’ [19-31]; Hélène Chuquet, ‘Etude de quelques marqueurs linguistiques de la distanciation chez John McGahern’ [33-53]; Nicole Ollier, ‘Step By Step Through The Barracks with John McGahern’, interview [55-86]; Liliane Louvel, ‘John McGahern: The Barracks, requiem un jour ordinaire [sic]’ [87-105]; Jean Brihault, ‘L’oeuvre de John McGahern: de l’écriture du rituel au rituel de l’écriture’ [107-17]; Anne Goarzin, ‘Figures de l’insularité dans The Leavetaking et Amongst Women’ [119-36]; Carle Bonafous-Murat, ‘Le rivage et la terre: l’espace feminin dans Amongst Women’ [137-50]; Gerry Dukes, ‘Les transformations du recit dans Entre toutes les femmes [Amongst Women]’ [151-58]; Nicholas Greene ‘John McGahern’s The Power of Darkness’ [159-68]; Emile-Jean Dumay, ‘John McGahern et le theâtre (à Propos de The Power of Darkness)’ [169-77]; Bertrand Cardin, ‘Un aspect du temps: le cycle dans les nouvelles de John McGahern’ [179-86]; Paul Gueguen, ‘“Like All Other Men” hantise et nostalgie de l’ordre’ [187-94]; Claude Maisonnat, ‘Jeux d’écriture et creation problematique dans “The Beginning of an Idea”’ [195-206]; Claude Verley, ‘“It’s about time you gave where you’re going some thought”: “The Country Funeral” de John McGahern’ [207-20].

 

Irish University Review, “John McGahern Special Issue”] 35, 1 (Spring/Summer 2005). CONTENTS: John Brannigan, Introduction: ‘The “Whole World” of John McGahern’ [vii-x]; John McGahern, “What Is My Language?” [1; see under quotations, infra]; Eamon Grennan, “Only What Happens”: Mulling over McGahern’ [13]; Anne Goarzin, ‘“A Crack in the Concrete”: Objects in the Works of John McGahern’ [28]; Patrick Crotty, ‘“All Toppers”: Children in the Fiction of John McGahern’ [42]; Eamon Maher, ‘The Irish Novel in Crisis? The Example of John McGahern’ [58]; Belinda McKeon, ‘“Robins Feeding with the Sparrows”: The Protestant “Big House” in the Fiction of John McGahern’ [72]; Grace Tighe Ledwidge, ‘Death in Marriage: The Tragedy of Elizabeth Reegan in The Barracks’ [90]; Stanley van der Ziel, “All This Talk and Struggle”: John McGahern’s The Dark’ [104; see extract]; Robert F. Garratt, ‘John McGahern’s Amonst Women: Representation, Memory, and Trauma’ [121]; Denis Sampson, ‘“Open to the World”: A Reading of John McGahern’s That They May Face the Rising Sun’ [136]; Eamonn Hughes, ‘“All That Surrounds Our Life”: Time, Sex, and Death in That They May Face the Rising Sun’ [147]; Declan Kiberd, Fallen Nobility: The World of John McGahern’ [164]; Stanley van der Ziel, ‘John McGahern: An Annotated Bibliography’ [175-202], Index. [The issue is available at JSTOR Ireland - online; accessed 23.-03.2011.]

 

Journal of the Short Story in English / Les Cahiers de la Nouvelle, 34 (Spring 2000) - CONTENTS incl. Denis Sampson, ‘The “Rich Whole”: John McGahern’s Collected Stories as Autobiography’, pp.21-30; Maguy Pernot-Deschamps, ‘Loss and Failure in High Ground’, pp.31-40; Jacques Sohier, ‘Desire as Slip-Up in the Short Story “Peaches” by John McGahern’, pp.41-52; Dominique Dubois, ‘Incommunicability and Alienation in John McGahern’s “My Love, My Umbrella”: An Analysis of the Discursive Strategies’, pp.53-64; Liliane Louvel, ‘The Writer’s Field: “Patrols of the Imagination”: John McGahern’s Short Stories’, in Journal of the Short Story in English / Les Cahiers de la Nouvelle, 34 (Spring 2000), pp.65-85.

 

Journal of the Short Story in English/ Les Cahiers de la Nouvelle [JSSE], John McGahern Special Issue, ed Linda Collinge-Germain and Emmanuel Vernadakis, No. 53 (Autumn 2009) - ‘CONTENTS: Linda Collinge-Germain and Emmanuel Vernadakis, ‘Foreword’ [13]; John McGahern, ‘Preface’ [15]; Claude Maisonnat, ‘Introduction – The art of Under-Exposure: “Out of the Depths, ‘into the Depths”’ [17]; Fergus Fahey, ‘Reinvented, ‘reimagined and somehow dislocated’ [39]; Liliane Louvel, ‘Reading John McGahern’s “Love of the world” a fistful of images’ [53]; Ellen McWilliams, ‘Homesickness in John McGahern’s short stories “Wheels” and “A slip-up”’ [69]; Pascal Bataillard, ‘Love and solitary enjoyment in “my love, ‘my umbrella”: some of John McGahern’s uses of Dubliners’ [79]; Michael L. Storey, ‘“Fellows like yourself”: fathers in John McGahern’s short stories”’ [91]; Bertrand Cardin, ‘“Absence does not cast a shadow”: Yeats’s shadowy presence in McGahern’s “The wine breath”’ [125]; Bernice Schrank, ‘Legends of the fall: John McGahern’s “Christmas” and “The creamery manager”’ [127] ; Danine Farquharson, ‘Violence and ontological doubt in “The Stoat”’ [145]; Michael C. Prusse, ‘Art, biography, and philosophy three aspects of John McGahern’s short fiction as exemplified by “Gold watch”, ‘“Like all other men”, ‘and “The white boat”’ [163]; Margaret Lasch Carroll, ‘“The road away becomes the road back”: prodigal sons in the short stories of John McGahern’ [179]; Claude Maisonnat, ‘“Getting the knack of the chains”: the issue of transmission in “Crossing the line”’ [201]; Arthur Broomfield, ‘“The conversion of William Kirkwood”’; Claire Majola-Leblond, ‘“Along the edges”: along the edges of meaning’ [227]; Douglas Cowie, ‘“Korea” by John McGahern’ [237]; Vanina Jobert-Martini, ‘Evaluation in “High ground”: from ethics to aesthetics’ [249; Josiane Paccaud-Huguet, ‘“Grave of the images of dead passions and their days”: “The country funeral” as McGahern’s poetic tombeau [263-76]. Bibliography. [Available online; accessed 12.03.2013.]

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