Each of the 35 sections contains an introduction, biographical and bibliographical information, and annotated text, all designed to be useful to both the general reader and the specialist scholar. All texts not originally in English have been specially translated.
Volume 1: From Early and Middle Irish Literature (ca. 550–1600) through the Intellectual Revival (1830–50)
Volume 2: From Poetry and Song (1800–90) through Prose Fiction (1880–1945)
Volume 3: From James Joyce (1882–1941) through Contemporary Irish Poetry (–1990)
A monumental product of scholarship — an “act of definition”, according to Deane: “There is a story here, a meta-narrative, which is, we [Field Day] believe, hospitable to all the micro-narratives that, from time to time, have achieved prominence as the official version of the true history, political and literary, of the island’s past and present”.
Associate Editor: Andrew Carpenter
Contributing Editors: David Berman, Terence Brown, Nicholas Canny, Bryan Coleborne, Charles Doherty, Terence Dolan, J. W. Foster, Luke Gibbons, Alan Harrison, Seamus Heaney, Declan Kiberd, Pronsias MacCana, W. J. McCormick, Augustine Martin, D. E. S. Maxwell, J.C.C. Mays, Christopher Murray, Eoin Ó hAnluain, Tom Paulin, Ian Ross