Letters of a Love-hungry Farmer and Other Irish Stories

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Roberts Rinehart Publishers, 1997 - 383 strani
Ireland's favorite publican, playwright and storyteller gives us five novellas, each presented as a series of comical letters between colorful characters of the Kerry hills. These stories have become classics over the years as individual books, and are now available in a single volume.

In the title story, bachelor farmer John Bosco McClane, at the age of 52, decides to seek a wife. The letters to a matchmaker, his aunt, his solicitor and others are all very funny, but in the background there lies the sad story of stark loneliness.

In Letters of a Matchmaker a small farmer involves himself in the delicate business of finding mates for the unattached. Letters of a Successful T.D. gives us insight into the life of a politician on his way up the ladder. Father Martin O'Mora tries to root out sin among his parishioners in Letters of a Parish Priest, and Letters of a Country Postman tell of a gossip who tries to discover secrets hidden within the envelopes he delivers.

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John B. Keane was born in Ireland on July 21, 1928. He attended St. Michael's College, Listowel. By 1945, he was apprenticed to a chemist in Listowel. He eventually took over a small public house and began to write. During his lifetime, he published 46 works including Sive, The Field, Big Maggie, The Streets and Other Poems, Sharon's Grave, Letters of a Matchmaker, Hut 42, Moll, and Durango. In 1999 he won the first Irish PEN Award for Literature. Keane died from prostate cancer on May 30, 2002 at the age of 73.

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