1915- [Malachy Francis Caulfield; Malachi F. Caulfield for fiction; Max
Caulfield for commentary; var. M. F. Caulfield]; b. Belfast; The Black
City (1952) and The Easter Rebellion, Dublin 1916 (1963), The
Irish Mystique (1973), and Ireland (1993), with photos by Joe
The Black City (1952) and The Easter Rebellion, Dublin 1916 (1963; Four Square 1964; Dublin: Gill & Macmillan; NY: Roberts
Rinehart 1995); The Irish Mystique (1973); also Ireland (G&M
Desmond Clarke, Ireland in Fiction: A Guide to Irish Novels,
Tales, Romances and Folklore [Pt. 2] (Cork: Royal Carbery 1985), lists The Black City (1952) set in Belfast of 1935; hero is involved
with the IRA; his girlfriend wants him to quit. He dies in action; marred
by coarseness and irreverence ... does not spare the IRA [Clarke].
Books in Print (1994), The Black
City, novel (London: J. Cape 1952), 239pp.; Malachy Caulfield/Max Caulfield
The Easter Rebellion Four Square 1963, 1964; rep. 1975; rep. G&M 1995;
The Irish Mystique Prentice Hall 1973, 253pp.; he Easter Rebellion A Night
of Terror, The Story of the Athenia Affair by Max Caulfield [pseud.] Frederick
Muller 1958, 222pp.; rev. ed. Pan 1962; Ireland [Philips Travel Guides]
G. Philip 1993, 100 col. ill. 0540 01265 3 [also G&M edn. 1993]; also
Bruce Lee Lives? (Star Books).
Belfast: It was the Black City because of what is between
Protestant and Catholic, between British mongrel and mongrel Irishman,
that is, narrow hatred and bigotry. It is not much of a place as cities,
go, a nineteenth-century industrial profusion of shipyards and gantries,
linen-mills, factory chimneys, flaking pubs, oily river basins and mile
after mile of narrow, mean streets
it is an awfully wet place.
The wettest place on earth
persits all day almost
every day. It clogs the streets, mixes with the dust to create a fine,
gluey mud that adheres to everything. (The Black City, London,
1952, p.9; quoted in Edna Longley, The Living Stream: Literature and
Revisionism in Ireland, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: Bloodaxe 1994, p.88.