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Short Stories

Patrick Pearse (author)
Joseph Campbell (author)
Anne Markey (author)
Paperback / softback,
Publication date:
18th February 2009

Author Biography

Patrick Pearse (1879-1916) is chiefly remembered as a political activist, executed for his leading role in the Easter Rising of 1916, but he was also a qualified barrister, teacher, and versatile writer. As well as stories, he published articles on a variety of cultural topics, plays, poetry, and political pamphlets right up until the time of his death. Joseph Campbell (1879-1944) published a number of well-received volumes of poetry, before increasing involvement in republican activities led to his internment after the War of Independence. Following his release, he moved to America but returned to Ireland for the final years of his life. Anne Markey is a Long Room Hub Postdoctoral Fellow at Trinity College Dublin.


Translated from Irish by Joseph Campbell, Patrick Pearse's ten stories were first published between 1905 and 1916. Groundbreaking in Pearse's recourse to modern narrative techniques and his use of vernacular Irish, these stories provide a sympathetic portrayal of life in Connemara. Joseph Campbell translated them into English in the aftermath of the 1916 "Rising". His translations capture the spirit and tone of the original stories, largely because they are written in a distinctive form of Hiberno-Irish that reflects Pearse's use of colloquial speech.