Irish American Liter
Irish American Literature with Dr. Beth O’Leary Anish
Jacob Edwards Library

Thursday, Mar. 28, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present Beth O'Leary Anish

Dr. O'Leary Anish will uncover two fascinating, yet largely unknown fiction authors: Harry Sylvester (whose mother was Irish American, daughter of translator Jeremiah Curtin) and Ellin Berlin (wife of Irving Berlin, and heiress to her Irish grandfather's silver mining fortune; her maiden name was Mackay).

While Sylvester and Berlin both wrote multiple novels, this talk will focus on Sylvester's Moon Gaffney (1947), and Berlin's Lace Curtain (1948).  Both novels provide examples of Irish-American authors thinking about their changing communities in the post-World War II years.

Dr. O'Leary Anish is Associate Professor of English at Community College of Rhode Island.Her area of academic interest is contemporary Irish and Irish-American Literature; Literature of the American Immigrant Experience; Post-Colonial Theory.
Sponsored by Friends of Jacob Edwards Library.
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