Meghan, Queen's Square | March 1, 2019
People tend to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with parades, shamrocks and too much green beer. However, for a more authentic Irish experience this March 17th, consider discovering the brilliance, pathos and wit of writers from the Emerald Isle. For an island with a relatively small population, Ireland boasts an outsized number of winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature (4 in total!), as well as many literary trailblazers and beloved bestselling authors.
Irish authors such as Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker have produced some of the most distinctive works of literature in English. Classic works by these writers such as Gulliver’s Travels, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Dracula have received numerous film adaptations. In my opinion, none of the movies have really lived up to the brilliance of the original novels and some adaptations (like the cringe-worthy version of Gulliver’s Travels starring Jack Black) are downright silly. These are definitely cases where the books are better than the movies.
Folklore and Legends
Regardless of how you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, it’s good craic to check out an Irish book to go with your green shirt or pint of Guinness. Even if you can’t hook the Salmon of Knowledge, chances are you’ll still learn something new and amazing.