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Irish American Literature with Dr. Beth O’Leary Anish

March 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present Dr. 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 areas of academic interest are contemporary Irish and Irish-American Literature, Literature of the American Immigrant Experience and Post-Colonial Theory.


March 28
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Jacob Edwards Library
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