Dublin is the home of many famous poets, writers, and playwrights. More often than not, we may have come across their work during our literature class and we just don’t have even the slightest idea that they are Irish. This is primarily the reason why it would be best that we get to know them a little better.
George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw was born in July 26, 18856 in Dublin, Ireland. He is a famous Irish playwright and was the co-founder of London School of Economics. While he made profit out of criticizing music and literary during his time, he was actually exceptionally talented in drama; writing over 60 plays. Aside from that, he was also a novelist, short story writer and essayist. He was awarded a Nobel Prize for his contributions to the world of literature; although he first refused to receive the award since he doesn’t want to be honored by the public, he still accepted it at his wife’s wishes. In 1938, He was awarded with an Oscar for his contribution on the film “Pygmalion” (which is an adaptation of his play of the same title).
Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was born on October 16, 1854 in Dublin, Ireland. He is a famous Irish writer and poet, and was among the famous playwrights in London during the early 1890s. Wilde is famous from his novel, “The Picture of Dorian Gray”; his epigrams; his plays; and his controversial imprisonment and early death. Among his works are The Happy Prince and Other Stories, House of Pomegranates, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Soul of Man under Socialism, and An Ideal Husband.
James Augustine Aloysisus Joyce was born in Dublin, Ireland on February 2, 1992. He is a famous Irish poet and novelist, and is said to be one of the most significant and influential writers in modern art during the early 20th century. He is best known for his work on “Ulysses”. He is also known for his collection of short stories entitled Dubliners, and novels entitled Finnegans Wake and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
Jonathan Swift, born on November 30, 1667, was a famous satirist, political pamphleteer, essayist, cleric, and poet who become the Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral of Dublin. He is widely known for his works which include Gulliver’s Travels, An Argument against Abolishing Christianity, A Modest Proposal, A Tale of a Tub, A Journal to Stella, The Battle of the Books, and Draper’s Letters. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, he is the foremost prose satirist of the English language.
George Berkeley, otherwise known as Bishop Berkeley, was an Irish philosopher best known for his theory of immaterialism. According to his theory, the physical material doesn’t exist; instead they are familiar objects that are only ideas of the minds of those who perceive it. In year 1709, he published his first major work on An Essay towards a New Theory of Vision where he discussed about the limits of human vision. Because of his many philosophical contributions, he has been popular not only to literature but also to the academic world. In fact, the University of California at Berkeley was dedicated and named after him.
Maeve Binchy Snell was an Irish novelist, short story writer, columnist, playwright, and speaker who is widely known for being both sympathetic and humorous. Because of her humor, her novels sold over 40m million copies all over the world; and her death in 2012 was mourned by her many followers. Some of her popular works include Circle of Friends, Scarlet Feather, Tara Road, and Deeply Regretted By.