Hubert Butler — The Eggman and the Fairies

Hubert Butler — The Eggman and the Fairies


John Banville selects and introduces another virtuoso of Irish literature, bringing Hubert Butler’s masterful essays on Ireland to a new audience.

“Hubert Butler is one of the great essayists in the English language, the peer of Hazlitt, Robert Louis Stevenson and George Orwell.”—John Banville

This volume contains an essential selection of Hubert Butler’s essays on Ireland, written over four decades: reflective, autobiographical pieces which describe a local habitation and a place, but gravitate unerringly towards the great issues of the day – neutrality, partition, censorship, religion, nationalism. With his incisive considerations of individual and political identity, Butler joins the great tradition of Irish libertarians going back to Swift and Burke.

Notting Hill Editions, 242 pages, 120 × 190mm, English, Hardcover.

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