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Erin Go Online

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Erin Go Online

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Need a little Irish literature for Saint Patrick's Day? The Web's got you covered

A COLLEGE professor of mine once kicked off a discussion on James Joyce by dubbing Ireland the 300-pound Chihuahua of world literature. After all, the Emerald Isle has birthed more than its share of literary lights in the past 150 years--including Nobel laureates William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney--despite a population scarcely larger than that of Kentucky. Today, Irish literature is as well represented on the Web as it is in university lecture halls. Whether you're crazy for Beckett or wild about Wilde, cyberspace offers more than enough Erin-centric sites to sate your appetite.

GENERAL SITES Island Ireland (www .islandireland.com/Pages/lit.html) is an outstanding launchpad into the Irish world of letters, featuring a variety of relevant links, from the scholarly to the silly. Want to know about forthcoming writers workshops at the Irish Writers' Centre? Looking for Yeats' burial place? Hoping to get your hands on a copy of Heaney's Nobel Prize acceptance speech? You'll find it all here.

Equally exhaustive is Irish Literature, Mythology, Folklore and Drama (www .luminarium.org/mythology /ireland) Here you'll find enough links to keep you busy for a decade's worth of Bloomsdays, including author sites, reference works, language guides, periodicals and Web pages devoted to myriad Irish myths.

Irish Resources in the Humanities (www.irith.org /literature.htm) offers its own compendium of links, including reference sites such as the Corpus of Electronic Texts, or CELT, a source for downloadable works of literature, history and politics and author-specific pages.

If you're interested in discovering more about the scribes who strolled through Ireland long before Joyce and his peers, point your browser toward the Bibliography of Irish Literature, 1789-1840 (www.arts.uwaterloo.ca /~jmwright/irishbiblio.html). The site features a listing of works by early Irish authors, along with links to electronic texts including, for example, poetry by Thomas Moore and the entire text of The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth.

The Irish Poetry Page (www . …

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